Chelsea Manning, Convicted Leaker, Compares Living in U.S. to Prison

Convicted leaker Chelsea Manning may be out of a military prison, but [he] said Monday her newfound freedom feels anything but free.

As part of her first public appearance in the United Kingdom, Manning spoke at the Royal Institution in London on a variety of topics, including President Trump and how “drastically different” the world is, according to The Guardian.

“This whole notion that you get out of prison and you are free now turned out to be a bit of a downer in that sense,” [he] said Monday. “Because what happened, we really built this large, big prison, which is the United States, in the meantime – it was already happening, it just really intensified. . .

“You think about the fact that we have walls around our country, and that is very much the same thing that is inside a prison,” [he] told a crowd Monday. “I see a lot of similarities between the world out here and the world that was in there.” . . .

The Australian government sent Manning’s team a notice of intention to deny the convicted leaker’s entry for an event. All non-citizens visiting Australia must fall under the character requirements put out by the Migration Act. Anyone can be denied if they fail the character test.

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