SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been named as an honorary grand marshal of San Francisco's annual gay rights parade.
Rainey Reitman, a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network, said Friday that a committee of former San Francisco Pride grand marshals selected the imprisoned intelligence specialist for the distinction this week. Each year, they recognize about a dozen celebrities, politicians and community organizations for their contributions to the gay community.
Manning's lawyers have argued that his experience as a gay soldier played an important role in his decision to pass hundreds of thousands of sensitive items to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
Manning is in a military prison in Kansas while he awaits court-martial and won't be attending the June 30 parade.