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NZ clears the way for Chelsea Manning



The New Zealand authorities have cleared the way for convicted American whistleblower Chelsea Manning to visit the country on a lecture tour.

Manning, a former US intelligence analyst known as the runaway of secret military and diplomatic documents, is scheduled to speak in Australia and New Zealand next month.

New Zealand's center-right opposition this week called on the government to banish them from the country, saying they risked their lives and profited from their crimes. [19659004] However, on Friday morning, Immigration New Zealand confirmed that Manning had been granted a special permit to apply for a visa – a requirement for those who have served long prison terms.

"While Ms. Manning was convicted of serious crimes and sentenced to 35 years in prison, it was found that her sentence was converted by President Obama in January 2017," said INZ General Manager Steve Stuart.

"The likelihood that she is insulted in New Zealand is considered low … (We) see no reason to believe that Ms. Manning would not meet the conditions of a visa."

The visa process is in progress considered largely as a formality in this case. [19659008] The demand to keep Manning out sparked a heated debate across the country, with lawyers for freedom of expression and the defense of the Greens.

The decision of the New Zealand government came after Manning's tour operator Think Inc had received a statement this week announcing its intention to refuse entry of the former soldier under Section 501 of the Immigration Act in Australia.

Due to her criminal convictions in the US, she was denied entry to Canada last year, but was allowed to speak in Montreal in May [19659011] Think Inc has urged supporters of the transgender activist to join the new Australian Immigration Minister David Coleman use to let them to Australia.


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