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Lawyer says WikiLeaks suspect isn’t dual citizen

HAGERSTOWN — The lawyer for a U.S. Army private suspected of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks says his client does not hold dual U.S.-British citizenship.

The statement Wednesday by attorney David Coombs deflates an effort by Amnesty International to get British authorities involved in a dispute over the conditions of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pretrial confinement.

The London-based human rights group has called Manning’s maximum-security confinement at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., repressive and inhumane.

Because Manning’s mother is Welsh, some had speculated that the soldier had dual citizenship.

Amnesty had asked British authorities on Tuesday to get involved should it be established that Manning was British.