Berkeley tables resolution to call suspected WikiLeaks soldier 'hero'
December 15th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Berkeley tables resolution to call suspected WikiLeaks soldier 'hero'

The Berkeley, California, City Council tabled a resolution Tuesday night that would have declared jailed Army Pfc. Bradley Manning a hero.

Manning is accused of releasing documents to WikiLeaks, a website known for leaking official secrets. Manning is currently awaiting trial on charges of illegally downloading classified material and providing video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Iraq to WikiLeaks.

The vote was 8-0, with one abstention, said Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, spokeswoman for Berkeley's city manager's office.

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  1. Nat

    How has america come to this?? This coward who releases secrets to a foreigner is considered a hero?

    December 16, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      More right-wing ignorance being vomited here. It never ends!

      December 16, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • barry

      nat i agree with you, daniel you obviously never looked down the barrel of someone who does not like the u.s. or you would not be calling this turd a hero. (if you are so against the u.s. go live somewhere else

      December 24, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. the wiki

    If wikileaked Michael Vick's animal abuse, most of you would conclude Julian Assange shouldn't have a dog.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. lisa allen

    He is a snitch and he abused his own access to such information and made it public. Therefore a traitor to his own country. The people who wrote what they wrote about other world leaders and their opinions of them had the right to do so, because it is their job to give those opinions. It is NOT and was NOT Mannings right to make those opinions public. He basically strained relations with the US and these leaders of other countries with the intent of causing turmoil. He is NOT a hero as much as he is a TRAITOR. He should be tried to the full extent of military law! No sympathy for him.

    December 16, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. USMC Ret.

    As the saying goes..."You can polish a turd, but it will always be just a turd". You can call this turd a hero all you want but all he ever was, all he is, and all he ever will be is just a turd.

    December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard in Texas

    I applaud him for wanting to shine light into the dark but when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of the matter he is traitor and should punished as such. At minimum he should be charged with espionage.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • True Patriot

      He was entrusted with a Security clearance because of his job, he signed his own death warrant when he signed NOT to disclose information.... He needs to be tried with Espionage and treason....

      January 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. leakyloo

    Manning is true hero,thank god someones brave american kid, with a conscience had had enough.'Collateral Murder' says it all.Those poor innocent civilians never stood a chance.I pray for all of them and for the iraqiis to forgive us,may god help them.

    January 1, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. True Patriot

    Would someone do a nice photoshop and take tha Beret off this Idiots head? Please replace with a proper turban... Time of war, this punk shoud be tried with Treason and hung. Considering they are trying to amend the 14th Amendment for a whole other reason, maybe we can include a clause to dump losers like Mr Manning (He will eventually lose all his rank and go to Prison, so lets just go with Mr Manning instead of listing his rank disgracing the military trust)

    January 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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