The Berkeley, California, City Council tabled a resolution Tuesday night that would have declared jailed Army Pfc. Bradley Manning a hero.For a recap, Bates has been dubbed "Bull Connor" Bates by this blog ever since he stood on the side of treasonous saboteurs known as Code Pinko, in trying to close down and prevent recruiting the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in this communist town back in 2007/2008.
Manning is accused of releasing documents to WikiLeaks, a website known for leaking official secrets. Manning is currently awaiting trial on charges of illegally downloading classified material and providing video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Iraq to WikiLeaks.
The vote was 8-0, with one abstention, said Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, spokeswoman for Berkeley's city manager's office.
Mayor Tom Bater said the council didn't have enough information to determine whether Manning is "a hero or traitor."
"We don't even know if he (leaked the files)," Bater said. "We're interested in not trying to make that determination. We are willing to watch it and to consider it in the future, and if we feel it's appropriate to us to make some statement, we'll bring it back to our council."
Bater said those present at the city council meeting had a "great discussion" about topics such as internet privacy, international security and national security.
The resolution was authored by the "Peace & Justice Commission" (aka The Sedition & Socialism Commission), led by Bob Meola, a 1960s radical who was a member of the SDS and friends with unrepentant domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn of the Weather Underground.