Chelsea Manning could be prevented from entering Australia

File: Chelsea Manning attends the 22nd Annual OUT100 Celebration Gala at the Altman Building on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in New York

Chelsea Manning, the controversial whistleblower who leaked US military secrets. UU At Wikileaks, your Australian visa could be canceled before an upcoming conference tour.

His speeches planned at the Opera House in Sydney and in Melbourne and Brisbane were organized by Think Inc, which claims to have received a letter from the Australian government warning that their visa may be rejected.

"We just received a notice of intent to consider denial under Article 501 of the Australian Government's Migration Act regarding the Chelsea visa," Think Inc director Suzi Jamil wrote to supporters.

Ms. Manning should speak in both Australia and New Zealand, but her previous conviction could threaten her visas.

His 35-year sentence was commuted, not forgiven, by former President Barack Obama. Therefore, she still has a permanent conviction and will have to apply for a special waiver to obtain a visa to visit both countries.

Section 501 of the Migration Law grants the minister the power to reject visas for "reasons of character". Power was previously used to prohibit speakers defending theories against vaccination or violence against women.

SBS News has contacted the internal affairs department and with Think Inc to get their comments.

In a previous statement to other media, the department said it would not comment on individual cases.

"A person can suspend the character test for several reasons, which include, among others, the fact that a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record or his conduct poses a risk to the Australian community," the spokesman said.

Labor leader Penny Wong said that "it is up to the government to explain why they are doing this."

Sen. Wong told ABC Radio that the possible refusal "seems quite inconsistent," following this week's revelations about how Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dutton intervened to prevent an au pair from being deported.

Chelsea Manning, will run for the United States Senate despite his conviction for leaking classified material. (AAP)


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 are looking for support from national agencies or relevant people, especially politicians who can support Chelsea's entry into Australia," said Ms. Jamil.

"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."

Archive: New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse on the left smiles as he interacts with refugee students during his visit to the UNHCR Tzu Chi Center

Archive: New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, left, smiles as he interacts with refugee students during his visit to the UNHCR Tzu Chi Center in 2017


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.

File photo of Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Chelsea Manning

Stock Image of Chelsea 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.

with AAP