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WikiLeaks’ Manning To Be Honored At San Francisco Pride Parade

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U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning — now known as Chelsea — in 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — An imprisoned U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will serve as an honorary grand marshal in this year’s San Francisco Pride parade.

Parade organizer Gary Virginia said Friday that Chelsea Manning — formerly known as Bradley Manning — was chosen to make amends for a controversy last year. Manning was named an honorary grand marshal ahead of the 2013 parade, but had the honor revoked.

Virginia apologized, saying that decision was mishandled.

The Chelsea Manning Support Network says Manning thanked Pride organizers for the honor from Fort Leavenworth military prison.

Sean Sala, a co-founder of the American Military Partner Association — a group that advocates for same-sex military families — says Manning is a traitor and is calling for a boycott of the parade.

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