I am incredibly excited about going to see Chelsea Manning speak in Auckland next month (please get tickets here).
She is a human rights legend, her actions led to the world seeing the truth of the evil war crimes the United States of America were secretly conducting in their Iraq abortion. On top of this bravery of conscience, she courageously transitioned while in prison.
Chelsea is the kind of human being we should all try to aspire to, she was prepared to whistle blow against real evil and then set out on that most personal of journey’s to find who she truly was.
What. A. Legend.
So it is terribly disgraceful of the hypocritical National Party to come out and demand she have her visa revoked and refuse her entry here…
National’s Michael Woodhouse calls for whistleblower Chelsea Manning to be banned from New Zealand
National has called for US whistleblower Chelsea Manning to be banned from speaking in New Zealand because of her criminal record.
Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, is due to speak at events in Auckland and Wellington on September 9 and 10.
She served seven of a 35-year prison sentence for theft and espionage after releasing hundreds of thousands of classified or sensitive documents to Wikileaks.
National’s immigration spokesman and former minister Michael Woodhouse said Manning was convicted and sentenced to prison for using her position to steal hundreds of thousands of documents and release them.
…I say hypocritical because barely a month ago the National Party were championing free speech when it came to two crypto-facsists visiting NZ, National now claim the difference is that Chelsea has broken the law, well so did Nelson Mandela, would they be demanding he didn’t visit as well?
Chelsea Manning exposed war crimes, Molyneux and Southern peddle petty psudeo-science bigotry, for National to champion one and damn the other is hypocrisy of the worst kind!
There isn’t just hypocrisy from the Right on this, watching those on the woke left demanding free speech now with Chelsea when barely a month ago they were screaming censorship shows the intellectual bankruptcy that has overcome so many in this debate.
This is why I defend free speech, yes we should have the right to protest those who use that speech to cause bitterness and spite, but when we deplatform, we open the door for the right to play the same game.
Manning should speak and I look forward to reviewing her show.