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At Justin Herman Plaza on Saturday, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore surprised the crowd with a guest appearance at Occupy SF’s general assembly.

Energizing protesters, he said the origin of the Occupy movement could be traced to Tunisia and the Arab Spring. But the ultimate credit? That belonged to alleged WikiLeaks informant and U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning, whom Moore called the original Occupy instigator for his purported role in leaking thousands of U.S. government cables. Moore even proposed renaming Justin Herman Plaza to Bradley Manning Plaza in his honor.

Moore’s San Francisco appearance is part of a cross-country tour of Occupy protests in both rural communities and large cities like San Francisco and Oakland, where he appeared the day before. Moore’s next stop is the small town of Grass Valley, California.

Edited Monday, October 31, 2011.