Canada Blocks Transgender Chelsea Manning Visit, Cites Treason
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been denied entry into Canada due to her conviction for passing classified US intelligence documents to WikiLeaks.
Posting evidence of the ban on Twitter, Manning showed that her temporary visitor application on September 22 was rejected “on grounds of serious criminality.”
The former US soldier was court-martialed over the incident and in 2013 sentenced to 35 years in prison for disclosing sensitive information to WikiLeaks.
The tranche of data included footage of a US Apache helicopter strike which killed two Reuters staff in Iraq, as well as diplomatic cables.
The document reveals how Manning disclosed her conviction under the US Espionage Act to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada department before her travel plans through a Quebec border post were blocked by the authority.
“If committed in Canada, this offence would equate to an indictable offence, namely treason,” the document from Canadian immigration officials stated.