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Government threatens to ban United States leaker Chelsea Manning from Australia: promoter

30 August 2018

Manning is scheduled to speak at the Sydney Opera House as part of a three-city tour.

"We are very disappointed to learn that the department of home affairs has taken this approach and will be vigorously advocating for her ability to enter Australia", Think Inc.'s Suzi Jamil told French news agency AFP.

S501 pertains to the refusal of a visa on "character grounds", and includes provisions for things like if applicant holds a "substantial" criminal record; if they are considered (with or without a conviction) to have been involved in war crimes or "a crime that is otherwise of serious global concern"; if they are considered likely to vilify a section of the Australian community; or if they are likely to cause "discord" in a section of the Australian community, among other things. The leaks included over 250,000 diplomatic cables and almost 400,000 US Army field reports, in addition to footage of US air strikes with significant civilian casualties.

Manning's PR representative Think Inc. said it had received a notice of intention from the government to deny Manning entry. Her sentence was commuted by former US President Barack Obama.

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It comes as opposition politicians in New Zealand call for Manning to be banned from entering that country.

"We are seeking letters of support to send to the Minister for Immigration in order for him to reconsider his decision".

Think Inc is urging the public to lobby Immigration Minister David Coleman to ensure she is granted a visa.

Peter Greste, the well-known Australian journalist who spent more than a year imprisoned in Egypt for his reporting, was scheduled to interview Ms Manning at the weekend.

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New Zealand's immigration officials are anticipated to decide whether or not Manning will be allowed into the country by Friday.

Chelsea Manning, formerly Private Bradley Manning, was incarcerated and tortured in military prisons and sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment under the Obama administration. If that request is declined she can go to the Immigration Minister or his associate for reconsideration. (Ms Manning) is free absolutely to say whatever she wants but she's not free to travel wherever she wants.

Following her release from prison, Manning, already a poster-child for free speech, has continued her activism in that area along with promoting data privacy and transgender rights.

Coming less than a week after Morrison was installed via an inner-party coup that ousted Malcolm Turnbull, the ban on Manning is another signal of the Coalition government's total commitment to the preparations by the U.S. ruling class for further war crimes, above all its plans for a military confrontation with China. Should Chelsea Manning be allowed to visit Australia?

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The Department of Home Affairs said that, while it did not comment on individual cases, all non-citizens entering Australia must meet character requirements set out in the Migration Act.

Government threatens to ban United States leaker Chelsea Manning from Australia: promoter