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Berkeley Debates Honoring WikiLeaks Alleged Mole



    Berkeley Debates Honoring WikiLeaks Alleged Mole
    Supporters rally for Bradley Manning.

    Leave it to Berkeley to take an unpopular political stand.

    While many discuss the intimate details of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's love life, or the possibility of trying him for espionage, Berkeley wants to honor the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to the whistle blower website.

    Pfc. Bradley Manning is suspected by many to be the man who leaked thousands of documents to WikiLeaks. He is currently being held by the military as it investigates the allegations.

    Not surprisingly there are some in Berkeley -- and across the globe -- who believe that Manning is a hero if he is indeed the person who leaked the sensitive material.

    Berkeley's City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to make the honor official. City Peace and Justice Commissioner Bob Meola drafted a resolution to honor Manning. He told the Associated Press that he believes the 23-year-old Oklahoma native should get a medal.

    But not everyone in Berkeley shares his sentiment. Commissioner Thyme Siegel voted against the measure at a Peace and Justice Commission meeting. He said it is too early to assess the full impact of the documents.