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. Alex

    How can this officer be consider a hero? After putting our national security at risk and also placing his fellow officers at risk. He is a disgraced to our Country and the Armed Forces.
    If anything he is a trator....he should get life in prison.
    Thank God nothing major came because of this...

    December 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Therese

      Ales, have another look at the long list of people that the US government has called traitor – who then were shown to have done their country a great service. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end of the war. I believe he's saving lives and not just US ones (others do count you know).

      December 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    "Thank God nothing major came of this" if this is all the wikileak we will ever know. 'Poison Pill'? Ever heard of it. Not to mention how many wiki-like websites we will see going up. Consider all the attention this has been recieving worldwide, and translate that into ad revenue. big bucks at stake here, not just truth and transparancy.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dixiebelle

    Manning is not an officer. He is a private, first class. Low man on the totem pole. He is also a traitor to his country and certainly no hero! A hero risks his life in defense of others. This desk-jockey has put other lives at risk in his pursuit of fame.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvoX

      How did he not risk his own life? He could easily be killed for this, and didn't risk his life for others, but for transparency.

      December 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Therese

      Well Dixiebelle, you and I have very different ideas about what makes a hero. I prefer someone who has the courage to stand up for what he believes in against enormous odds. He's got senior people in government calling for his head. The war is not justified, so many lives have been lost, and to continue is outragious. Support you solders, bring them home.

      December 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrik Henry

    The city council are a bunch of cowards. Every "patriot" we know of in American history was a traitor, to England, the mother land. Manning is no less a traitor than those who oppose repression and seek to silence truth and justice.

    December 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Patrick. Interesting how you use the word cowards. You also are much cynical. Makes me wonder about you, Patrick. Let's not forget the word traitor. So, now you are "Patrick," but might you really be Dr. Bad!?!

    December 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Oh, now he can spell and punctuate properly, ha!

    December 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. what's a girl to do

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose ............" As for those calling Bradley a traitor, they look back at Bush, Cheney, Rove, LIbby who outed an honorable covert CIA agent – an act of treason under US law!

    December 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DD980VET

    TRAITOR. flat out TRAITOR! This man is not a HERO; He betrayed his OATHS to serve, his fellow servicemen and his COUNTRY by releasing classified information to a foreigner. HE should be placed in front of a FIRING SQUAD

    December 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Therese

      You can't handle the truth.

      December 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      he is a private (low man in the ranking structure worse he is a traitor who only did it for the publicity. he put many of the service men and women in danger. traitors deserve prision or death

      December 24, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • True Patriot

      Off with his head, he is a traitor to his own values to protect information. He signed his own death warrant by enlisted during a war and intentionally disclosing information to the enemys of the state. Just PLEASE take that beret off and replace with a turban.

      January 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    This man is not only a hero but should be considered man of the year by all standards. I see a lot of right-wing nutjobs blogging their usual condemnation of him in here showing their ignorance. The only damage caused so far by these leaks are to the reputations of the Washington elite.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Me, myself and I

    berkely, this is the same city that got upset when their own fireman wanted to put an American flag on their firetrucks right after 9/11....great town.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • We, ourselves and Us

      if that's true. I won't be surprised if they'll make their own dollar bill with faces of Assange, Manning and the rest of other cyber criminals, terrorists and mercenaries. Or, with UNKNOWN's face.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al from Ireland

    This man is in the same relative category as Klaus Fuchs (remember him, Old Glory flagwavers?) who felt that if BOTH sides of the Cold War had the SAME military Nuclear SECRETS they would cancel each other out instead of atomizing each other out – they (or you) hanged Prof Fuchs, (for 'treason') but history showed him to have been right...There was no US/USSR Nuclear War, was there? Similarly, Pfc Manning believes that if nations knew a little more about each other, then the people in those nations could take a more educated view of what is going on – particularly the secret goings on. And hopefully do something about it rather than just being pawns in this Obscene Chess Game being played. Success to Michael Moore and like minded people who are putting up Assange's bail until the judiciary – NOT the Politicians nor Media, have decided his innocence or guilt. If we say we believe in law, let's show it. Meanwhile the world ought to keep sharp watch on Bradley Manning to see that the USA does not send him to see Klaus Fuchs.

    December 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well put,Al. Thank you.

      December 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Prof Fuchs was wrong. Peace is not held with guns, threats with a promise of war to come is the only thing assured by guns. Arming all sides enables a rogue and his agenda further for he will always transgress regardless of the response to protect.

      December 16, 2010 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Roger

    And then they complain when the right wingers paint them as anti-american. It is stupidity like this. How is it patriotic to reveal to the rest of the world our diplomatic secrets? put lives at risk?

    December 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Therese

      What is this, 'the rest of the world our diplomatic secrets?' , what showing all your dirty secrets.
      Then 'put lives at risk?, it has been shown over and over again, no lives have been put at risk. Go to wikileaks and have a look for yourself. Stop repeating what you have been told by you corrupt, deceitful leaders.

      December 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Therese

    Bradley Manning is a hero. It takes enormous courage to do what her did. I'm only just beginning to realise what he's up against with the 'powers that be' in the US. I've been looking around at the online comments from the US public and I'm disgusted. How the mighty have fallen.
    The truth will set you free.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Beautifully put,Therese. The mighty certainly need to fall and they should. The people who blog in here to vomit their ignorance over what a "traitor" Bradford Manning is make me sick!

      December 16, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. ***dude***

    What the heck happen to Dr. Bad? CNN must have DISSED him. I didn't realize the entertainment value until he was gone!

    What great episodes! My Nurse, exwives, die die die!, I knew Jack Kenndy back when he was a arab!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    @dude-Don't know. Maybe he will come back in the new year?????

    December 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
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