Zombie believes that the Berkeley City Council, with its unerring instinct for getting to the heart of the matter, and then going in the wrong direction, is on to something with its decision to laud Bradley Manning as a great American hero. After all, while Assange gets the fame, it was Manning who got the documents. This means that it was Manning who engaged in acts of espionage and committed treason against his own country.
The problem for the media, though, is that Manning is invisible. Assange is a showman. He may not be the most ept showman, but he’s still out there shilling like crazy, while Manning is in prison. In our visually oriented, headline driven society, that makes Manning irrelevant, despite the fact that he is the “but for” cause of the whole document leak kerfuffle.