Canada blocks Chelsea Manning visit, citing 'treason'

Chelsea Manning is seated in the back seat of a vehicle as she departs The Nantucket Project's annual gathering Sunday Sept. 17 2017 in Nantucket Mass. Manning participated in a forum at the gathering. Manning is a former U.S. Army intelligence analy

Chelsea Manning, the controversial former USA intelligence analyst who was convicted in the largest breach of classified information in us history, says she been denied entry into Canada.

"I hereby report that [Chelsea Manning] ... is a person who is a foreign national who has not been authorized to enter Canada", the document reads.

The letter added that if the same offence had been carried out in Canada, it "would equate to an indictable offence, namely treason", and could result in up to 14 years in prison.

Chelsea Manning - then Bradley Manning prior to his change of identity - was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other charges, for passing to WikiLeaks hundreds of thousands of secret documents, including many diplomatic cables concerning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chelsea Manning on Monday tweeted this image purporting to show the federal government\'s decision to deny her entry to Canada. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but granted clemency by President Obama in 2016.

The transgender soldier, born Bradley Manning, leaked diplomatic cables and other documents to Wikileaks in 2010, one of the largest breaches of classified material in U.S. history.

The name of the sender of the letter has been redacted. Canada's immigration department did not immediately respond to questions about the rationale for barring Manning.

The Canadian Embassy could not be reached for comment. "All applicants can expect impartial, professional treatment and clear, accountable decision-making".

The prime minister declined to comment but said he was looking forward to hearing more details about the situation.



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