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  • Canadian authorities reportedly invited former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelesa Manning across the U.S. border with Canada so they could remove her.
  • The invitation came ahead of Manning’s hearing before Canadian immigration authorities to challenge a ban after she was stopped from entering through Quebec in 2017.
  • Attorneys for the Canadian government reportedly switched Manning’s hearing format so that if Manning lost her case, authorities could then remove her from their country.

Canadian authorities reportedly invited former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelesa Manning across the U.S. border with Canada so they could remove her from the country. 

The invitation came ahead of Manning’s hearing before Canadian immigration authorities to challenge a ban after she was stopped from entering through Quebec in 2017 given Manning’s prior conviction on espionage charges, Canada’s National Post newspaper reported

Attorneys for the Canadian government reportedly switched Manning’s hearing venue from online to an in-person format so that if Manning lost her case, authorities could then remove her from their country, according to The Post. 

“The purpose of a removal order is to compel an individual who is found to be inadmissible to leave Canada. Should the (IRB) issue a removal order against an individual who does not attend their hearing from a location in Canada,” it would “be impractical for CBSA to enforce the order,” they wrote. 

But Marisa Musto, an adjudicator for Canada’s immigration board, called the decision “confounding,” noting that “if [Manning] were physically in Canada when the order was made, the requirement would be that she leave Canada,” according to the National Post newspaper

“Admissibility proceedings not only have the effect of removing inadmissible persons from Canadian territory but also to preclude them from entering,” she added. 

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Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking a large number of classified documents, dubbed the “War Logs,” to WikiLeaks -- alleging the U.S. ignored accusations of crimes in Iraq, according to The Washington Post.

Former President Obama commuted Manning’s sentence 2017 after Manning had spent 7 years in Fort Fort Leavenworth, Kan.


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Published on Oct 08, 2021