Chelsea Manning says she's been denied entry into Canada

Manning before a scheduled appearance at a forum in Nantucket Mass. Steven Senne  AP

Manning before a scheduled appearance at a forum in Nantucket Mass. Steven Senne AP

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been denied entry into Canada due to her conviction for passing classified USA intelligence documents to WikiLeaks.

In 2013, Manning was convicted in a USA military court of 19 charges, including six counts of espionage, and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

On Monday morning, Manning tweeted an image of a document appearing to show a decision taken on her application to enter Canada after crossing into Quebec on September 22.

"So, I guess Canada has permanently banned me?" wrote Manning - one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times.

Manning refuted that comparison of charges online and said she would be challenging her Canadian denial at a future hearing.

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The name of the individual who sent the memo to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, as well as the document and application numbers were blacked out prior to posting on social media.

The government letter cites the fact of her having been convicted of an offence in the USA that would result in a prison term that carries a maximum sentence of at least 10 years in Canada. In the waning days of his presidency, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence, allowing her to go free after serving seven years of the sentence.

The letter says that because she was convicted of offences that are equivalent to treason in Canada, she's inadmissible to this country.

Manning was convicted in 2010 after leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, including diplomatic cables, a video of an airstrike in Baghdad and other files. Each case is evaluated based on its merits, a spokesperson told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Monday that he wouldn't comment "on any specific case".

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