BERKELEY -- Berkeley City Council members are considering a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and would call for his release.

The council is expected to vote Tuesday on the resolution in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being held in a military brig. The resolution already has been approved by the city's Peace and Justice Commission.

Bob Meola, the peace and justice commissioner who wrote the resolution, said Manning is a patriot and should get a medal.

Commissioner Thyme Siegel, who voted against the resolution, said the measure is premature because the effects of the disclosures are not yet clear.

Federal officials have said such leaks could endanger lives.