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Berkeley Considers Honoring Private Suspected In WikiLeaks Case

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (AP)

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (AP)

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BERKELEY (AP) — Berkeley City Council members are considering a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release.

The council is expected to vote on the resolution in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held in a military brig, on Tuesday.

It has already been approved by the city’s Peace and Justice Commission.

Bob Meola, the peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Manning is a patriot and should get a medal.

But Commissioner Thyme Siegel who voted against the resolution said it is premature because the effects of the disclosures are not yet clear.

Federal officials have said such leaks could endanger lives.

 (© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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