Berkeley, Calif. weighs calling alleged WikiLeaker a hero

City council is considering passing a resolution in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning


Associated Press
December 15, 2010 4:01AM (UTC)

City Council members in the left-leaning city of Berkeley are considering a resolution in support of accused Wikileaker Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Some politicians and pundits consider the soldier's alleged release of classified information to WikiLeaks an act of treason.

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But some advisers to the Berkeley City Council say he's a hero who deserves a medal.

The city's Peace and Justice Commission previously said Manning exposed "war crimes" by allegedly leaking a 2007 video of a U.S. helicopter crew gunning down 11 men in Baghdad. The Pentagon concluded the troops acted appropriately.

Manning, who is being held in a military brig in Virginia, has not commented publicly on whether he is the source of the leaks.

Anti-war groups have rallied behind him and are raising money for his defense.


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