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Berkeley Weighs Honor For Wikileaks Leaker


The Berkeley City Council is considering a resolution that would hail Pfc. Bradley Manning, who allegedly leaked U.S. diplomatic cables and military information to WikiLeaks, as a hero "for his courage in bringing the truth to the American people and the people of the world."

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "The council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to declare its support for Pfc. Bradley Manning, who's suspected of providing WikiLeaks with classified military documents and a video depicting an Army helicopter attack in Baghdad in which 11 civilians were killed."

Manning, who is gay, is currently jailed in Virginia and faces more than 50 years in prison if convicted.

The resolution is not without detractors, however, and could prove highly contentious when it reaches the city council, reports the Chronicle. For one thing, say some, the 22-year-old Manning has not even admitted he was the source of the leaks.

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