CANBERRA, Australia – Convicted document leader Chelsea Manning will not be allowed to enter Australia for a talker tour scheduled for Sunday, her tour operator said Thursday.
Think Inc. said it had received a message from the government to deny Manning entry. The group appeals to its supporters to intervene with new immigration minister David Coleman to release them to Australia.
"After a little research and discussion with our lawyer, we understand that there may be an impending denial of visa." Think Inc. Director Suzi Jamil told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Manning was an intelligence analyst for the US Army when she leaked military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison for seven years, with President Barack Obama granting her a pardon in 2017.
The transgender activist, who has recently lost a long-term request for a seat in the US Senate in Maryland, is scheduled to speak at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday and will have subsequent events in Australia and New Zealand.
The Home Office said that while it does not comment on isolated cases, all non-citizens who come to Australia must meet character requirements set out in the Migration Act. The reasons why a person could not pass the character test are, according to the department, a criminal record or provision that they could pose a risk to the community.
Foreign Affairs Spokeswoman Penny Wong said the government should clarify the reasons when Manning (19659003) Amnesty International accused the government of silencing Manning. "By refusing their entry, the Australian government would send a daunting message that freedom of speech is not appreciated by our government," said Claire Mallinson, national director of Amnesty International.
Lawyer Greg Barns, who represented the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said people with criminal records were allowed in Australia in the past.
He said nobody would seriously suggest that Manning posed a risk to the Australian community.
Manning also gets calls from New Zealand to be banned The center-right opposition party urged the government to reject their visa request
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