Australia flags denying U.S. whistleblower Chelsea Manning entry visa

Chelsea Manning has served seven years in solitary confinement

Chelsea Manning has served seven years in solitary confinement

USA whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is facing a ban from Australia with organisers of a speaking tour saying Thursday her visa application was likely to be refused.

The Australian government sent Manning's team a notice of intention to deny the US whistleblower's entry, said Think Inc. who is organizing the event.

Think Inc, the Australian organiser of Manning's tour, has written to supporters asking them to lobby new Immigration Minister David Coleman, Australian media has reported.

The Department of Home Affairs did not respond to Junkee's requests for comment, but have told other news outlets that they do not comment on individual cases. This was done on the spurious grounds that she fails the Migration Act's "character test" because of a "substantial criminal record".

Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, served seven of a 35-year prison sentence for theft and espionage after releasing hundreds of thousands of classified or sensitive documents to Wikileaks.

The organizer of the speaking tour, Australia's Think Inc, has voiced its disappointment over the authorities' intention, saying that she "poses no threat" to the Australian public. Suzi Jamil cited the commutation of her sentence by former president Obama in 2017 as evidence "she is far from a risk", reports the ABC.

Former president Barack Obama granted her clemency before leaving office past year.

It comes as opposition politicians in New Zealand call for Manning to be banned from entering that country.

Manning said she was banned from entering Canada past year.

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Ms Manning's criminal conviction means she needs a special direction to get into New Zealand, and National wants the Government to deny her entry to New Zealand.

Free Speech Coalition spokesman Chris Trotter said New Zealand had opened its doors to other speakers with criminal convictions, including U.S. stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

Sarah Joseph, the director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, wrote to Coleman noting Manning is "a controversial figure who has paid her debt to society for past wrongs and has much to contribute to public discourse in our country".

The Australian government, Norton added, frequently talks "about freedom of speech, but this rarely seems to be extended to defend those who profess opinions that are not aligned with their own".

The foundation also noted that after being denied a visa to Canada in September 2017, Manning was later able to enter Canada in May 2018. "Nelson Mandela was allowed entrance in 1995", spokesman Chris Trotter said.

Associate Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi's office said he would not comment on individual cases.

Coming less than a week after Morrison was installed via an inner-party coup that ousted Malcolm Turnbull, the ban on Manning is another signal of the Coalition government's total commitment to the preparations by the United States ruling class for further war crimes, above all its plans for a military confrontation with China.

New Zealand's immigration department says it's received an application, which will now be looked at by senior officials in the first instance, with a right to appeal to the minister in charge.

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