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Berkeley weighs honoring accused in WikiLeaks case

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Associated PressThis undated file photo obtained by The Associated Press shows U.S. Army Pfc.Bradley Manning. The Obama administration has told whistleblower WikiLeaks that its expected imminent release of classified State Department cables will put "countless" lives at risk, threaten global counterterrorism operations and jeopardize U.S. relations with its allies. The U.S. says it has known for some time that WikiLeaks held the diplomatic cables. No one has been charged with passing them to the website, but suspicion focuses on U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
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BERKELEY, Calif. and#8212; 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 and#8212; who voted against the resolution and#8212; says it is premature because the effects of the disclosures are not yet clear.

Federal officials have said such leaks could endanger lives.


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