The vote was 8-0, with one abstention, said Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, spokeswoman for Berkeley’s city manager’s office.
Mayor Tom Bates 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),” Bates 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.”