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Chelsea Manning Tried To Visit Canada. It Didn't Go Well
Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence soldier jailed for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. reports and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks in 2010, was recently denied entry into Canada, The Intercept reports.
Here’s the reason our friendly neighbor to the north cited: If Manning had leaked the documents in Canada, she’d have been charged with treason.
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) September 25, 2017
A letter from Canadian authorities posted to Manning’s Twitter account on Sept. 25 cites “serious criminality for having been convicted of an offense outside Canada” as the primary reason her request for entry was denied. But the letter also spends some time blasting the nature of Manning’s crime: “[I]f committed in Canada this offense would equate to an indictable offense, namely Treason described under section 46(2)(B) of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 47(2)(C) of the Criminal Code of Canada.”
Canada’s Temporary Resident Permit policy is pretty clear on what kinds of crimes could bar a traveler from crossing the border for any longer than it takes to get some french fries and gravy: “If the equivalent offense in Canada is considered indictable, which is serious criminality similar to a felony in the US, the visitor may be found criminally inadmissible to the country and refused entrance.”
Manning was sentenced to a 35-year prison term by a U.S. court-martial for espionage and theft in 2013, before having her sentence commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama last January. Even so, the news of Canada’s decision appeared to catch Manning off guard. “So, i guess canada has permanently banned me?” Manning wrote in the tweet. “@CitImmCanada denied entry b/c of convictions similar to "treason" offense.”
Lest you think the maple-leaf nation’s message to Manning was not in keeping with Canadians’ reputations for warm welcomes and easy feelings, it’s worth noting that the authorities also informed Manning of Canada’s maximum penalty for treason against the country: “14 years imprisonment.” God, they really are a forgiving people.
The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"