Convicted U.S. intelligence leaker Chelsea Manning said Monday that she’s been denied entry into Canada.
Ms. Manning, a transgender former Army intelligence analyst who was convicted in 2013 for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq, wrote on Twitter that she has been “permanently banned” from Canada due to convictions similar to treason.
The tweet included a letter that appeared to advise Canada’s minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship that Ms. Manning was denied entry to the country due to her prior violations of the United States Espionage Act.
“If committed in Canada this offence would equate to an indictable offence, namely treason,” the letter read. Ms. Manning redacted the name of the letter’s sender.
Ms. Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, was trying to enter St. Bernard-de-Lacolle in Quebec as a temporary visitor on Friday, according to the letter.
The former Army private, who was released from prison in May after former U.S. President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence, said she would be challenging the denial of entry at a Canadian “admissibility hearing” in the future.
will be challenging denial of entry at a canadian “admissability hearing” in the future (no date yet) https://t.co/I2AVmXdEnb— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) September 25, 2017
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada declined to comment on any specifics, CBC reported.
“Our government is committed to ensuring that every case put forward to IRCC is evaluated based on its merits and in a fair manner. All applicants can expect impartial, professional treatment and clear, accountable decision-making,” a spokesperson said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he looked forward to hearing more details about the case, CBC reported.
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