WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning will NOT be an honorary grand marshal at San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration after all

  • Despite an SF Pride employee informing Manning he had been selected, the president has denied that he was ever going to be chosen

By Associated Press Reporter

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The U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website will not be an honorary grand marshal at San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration after all.

SF Pride Board President Lisa Williams said in a statement that an employee of the organization had prematurely notified imprisoned intelligence specialist Bradley Manning this week that he had been selected for the distinction, which recognizes about a dozen celebrities, politicians and community organizations each year for their contributions to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

'That was an error, and that person has been disciplined. He does not now, nor did he at that time, speak for SF Pride,' Williams said.

Despite being informed that he would be, WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning will NOT be an honorary grand marshal at San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration after all

Despite being informed that he would be, WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning will NOT be an honorary grand marshal at San Francisco's annual gay pride celebration after all

A committee of former San Francisco Pride grand marshals did select the 25-year-old Manning, who is openly gay, for the honor, but the Pride Board decided his nomination would be a mistake, Williams said.

Manning's lawyers have argued that his experience as a soldier before the repeal of the U.S. military's ban on gay service played an important role in his decision to pass hundreds of thousands of sensitive items to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

'In point of fact, less than 15 people actually cast votes for Bradley Manning,' Williams said.

 

'However, as an organization with a responsibility to serve the broader community, SF Pride repudiates this vote.'

While the event's grand marshals are typically celebrated as they wave from convertibles during a downtown San Francisco parade, naming Manning as one was destined to be a symbolic gesture.

He is in custody at a military prison in Kansas while he awaits court-martial and would have been unable to attend the June 30 parade.

SF Pride Board President Lisa Williams said an employee of the organization had prematurely notified Manning this week that he had been selected as an honorary grand marshal

SF Pride Board President Lisa Williams said an employee of the organization had prematurely notified Manning this week that he had been selected as an honorary grand marshal

Earlier Friday, Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who in 1971 leaked the classified information about the Vietnam War that became known as the Pentagon Papers, had agreed to participate in the San Francisco parade on Manning's behalf, said Rainey Reitman, a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network who had cheered the short-lived recognition.

But other gay rights activists were less enthusiastic, saying that Manning should not be honored either as an individual or as a representative of the gay rights movement.

'Manning's blatant disregard for the safety of our service members and the security of our nation should not be praised,' said Stephen Peters, president of American Military Partners Association.

The group, which advocates for same-sex military families, had called on the Pride Committee to rescind the invitation.

'No community of such a strong and resilient people should be represented by the treacherous acts that define Bradley Manning,' Peters said.

Manning's lawyers have argued that his experience as a gay soldier played an important role in his decision to pass sensitive items to WikiLeaks

Manning's lawyers have argued that his experience as a gay soldier played an important role in his decision to pass sensitive items to WikiLeaks


 

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Well well well even You ..................... are prejudice and bias now you have to have abide by the rules of the ...................... to be part of their group.. So don't cry when others don't approve of your way of life! the blanks are there for a reason

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"If your going to San Francisco, be sure to" understand it is the looney left coast. (I know, having lived and worked there and love the city, but it is whacko, and has been since the 1930's.)

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How dare ANYONE show this traitor any honors?! He deserves nothing but to serve the rest of his life in a federal prison.

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Not surprised this mess came out of San Francisco. That city has been a home for radical left wing since the 1950s.

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Manning's acts were all a protest to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, and nothing else. The lad was acting out against a law that prohibited him from advertising his life style. He needs to be punished for his crimes.

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'Manning's blatant disregard for the safety of our service members and the security of our nation should not be praised,' FINALLY someone acknowledges that treason is not something anyone should praise. What staggers me about people who claim what he did was right is the fact that they disregard the absolute danger in which he places EVERYONE in the US, not to mention thousands or millions of other lives among our allies, simply because he, as a "Soldier" with about five seconds' service, thought he knew better than those who have worked in diplomacy and the military their entire adult lives. He is a selfish child and not one to be praised. That kid you think did the right thing? He risked your life and your family's life (and still does) out of some pig-headed idea that he knew what right looked like. You might think you sleep safe at night, but you don't now because of him. Treason is treason regardless of his reasons why.

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Stephen Peters, president of American Military Partners Association was absolutely right to say that Manning's blatant disregard for the safety of service members and the security of the United States should not be praised. It would have been inappropriate to have Manning as an honorary grand marshal at such a truly wonderful, positive and happy event as the SF Pride parade; an event enjoyed by tens of thousands of LGBT and straight men and women and their children. It is an occasion that brings together LGBT and straight communities in an arena of mutual respect, understanding and above all, fun!

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Stephen Peters, president of American Military Partners Association was absolutely right to say that Manning's blatant disregard for the safety of service members and the security of the United States should not be praised. It would have been inappropriate to have Manning as an honorary grand marshal at such a truly wonderful, positive and happy event as the SF Pride parade; an event enjoyed by tens of thousands of LGBT and straight men and women and their children. It is an occasion that brings together LGBT and straight communities in an arena of mutual respect, understanding and above all, fun!

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