Manning says she was denied entry to Canada
OTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says no one asked him whether a former U.S. soldier who leaked thousands of classified military documents should be deemed inadmissible to Canada because of her convictions.
But Goodale suggested he’d think hard before overruling a border officer’s decision that saw Chelsea Manning turned away from Canada last week.
“No such request has been made to me with respect to that matter,” Goodale said.
Manning is a 29-year-old transgender woman who was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking the trove of classified material.
On Monday, she posted a letter from Canadian immigration officials to her Twitter account that said because she was convicted of offences that are deemed equivalent to treason in Canada, she’s inadmissible to this country for what’s known as “serious criminality.”
The notice Manning posted said she tried to cross at the official border office at Lacolle, Que., on Friday.