CANBERRA, Australia – Convicted document hater 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 has a letter of intent 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. Previously, she served a 35-year prison term for seven years ̵
The transgender activist, who has recently lost a long-term bid for a US Senate seat in Maryland, is scheduled to speak at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday and will have subsequent events in Australia and New Zealand.
The Department of Home Affairs said that while it does not comment on individual cases, all non-citizens who enter Australia must comply with the requirements of the Migration Act. The reasons why a person could not pass the character test are, according to the department, a criminal record or a finding that they could pose a risk to the community.
Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong told the government Be transparent about the reasons when Manning is denied entry.
Amnesty International accused the government of silencing Manning. "By rejecting her 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 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said people with criminal record 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 is calling on the government to reject its visa application.
She was scheduled to speak on Sept. 7 in the Australian city of Melbourne the New Zealand capital Auckland on September 8, Wellington on September 9 and the Australian city of Brisbane on September 11.
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