The controversial informants from the United States, the hopes of Chelsea Manning to visit Australia for a conference tour have been dealt a blow, and the federal government is preparing to reject its entry.
Ms. Manning, a former intelligence analyst for the US military, better known as an infiltrator of military documents and classified diplomats, plans to speak in Australia and New Zealand next month.
But because his 35-year sentence was commuted, not forgiven, by former President Barack Obama, he still has a permanent conviction and will have to apply for a special waiver to obtain a visa to visit both countries.
According to reports, the Australian organizer of the Manning tour, Think Inc, has asked his followers to put pressure on the new Immigration Minister, David Coleman.
"We just received a Notice of Intent to Consider Denial under Article 501 of the Australian Government's Migration Act with respect to the Chelsea Visa," Think Inc director Suzi Jamil wrote to supporters, according to ABC.
"We are looking for the support of relevant national bodies or individuals, especially politicians who can support Chelsea's entry into Australia.
"We are looking for letters of support to send to the Minister of Immigration to reconsider his decision."
It occurs when opposition politicians in New Zealand ask that Manning be banned from entering that country.
The center-right National Party on Tuesday asked the government to reject that request, saying that Ms. Manning was a "delinquent."
"Chelsea Manning used a position of responsibility and authority to steal hundreds of thousands of documents that may well have put American lives at risk," immigration spokesman and former minister Michael Woodhouse told Radio New Zealand.
"This is not a matter of freedom of expression (Ms. Manning) is free to say what she wants, but she does not have the freedom to travel anywhere, other countries have already denied her entry."
It was not appropriate for Ms. Manning to earn money talking about her crimes, Woodhouse said.
But the pressure group, Free Speech Coalition, quickly condemned the calls to Ms. Manning.
"There are other examples of previously convicted criminals who were allowed into New Zealand, Nelson Mandela was allowed in 1995," said spokesman Chris Trotter.
"The issue of the war behavior of our allies is a matter of great public importance."
The Green Party has also come in defense of Ms. Manning.
The New Zealand immigration department says it received a request, which will now be examined by senior officials in the first instance, with the right to appeal to the minister in charge.
The office of the associate minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, said he would not comment on individual cases.