Australia withheld an entry visa:
“A person can fail the character test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record or where their conduct represents a risk to the Australian community,” the spokesman said.
Manning leaked the video of the US helicopter soldiers gunning down people in the street, including 2 Reuters journalists, and 2 (3?) children. Laughing while they did it.
Manning leaked 750,000 documents that taken together, reveal a TRUE picture of the war – – data is objective. It is not “opinion”, nor is it propaganda. She first went to the large, mainstream American newspapers. Who ignored the information. She then went to Julian Assange, who worked with international newspapers to break the stories to tell what was happening.
Manning was placed in solitary confinement for 11 months, jailed for 7 years. Her sentence was eventually commuted.
Australia would not grant an entry visa for the speaking tour. HOWEVER:
Sept 02: Chelsea Manning continues with speaking tour via video link despite lack of visa
Chelsea Manning is also due to speak in New Zealand on 8 and 9 September.