Manning, 23, a military intelligence analyst from Oklahoma, was being held in the brig at Quantico Marine Base south of Washington. There had been a push by friends and supporters to have his confinement conditions eased. Supporters said he was confined in a one-man cell with only one hour a day outside of the cell for exercise…

The Pentagon has maintained that Manning is held in accordance with rules governing all maximum-custody detainees at Quantico, for his protection and the safety of others, and that Manning is on “POI” status, for “prevention of injury.”

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, released a statement Tuesday after news of Manning’s pending transfer broke, promising to demand written assurances from Defense Department officials that Manning’s rights will be protected.