Chelsea Manning says she was denied entry to Canada

Chelsea Manning in an undated photo provided by the U.S. Army. (Photo: U.S. Army via AP, File)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Chelsea Manning says she was denied entry into Canada because of her criminal record.

The transgender woman was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office.

On Monday, she posted a letter from Canadian immigration officials to her Twitter account that said she was admitted because she was convicted of offenses deemed equivalent to treason in Canada.

She tried to cross at the official border office at Lacolle, Quebec, on Friday.

Manning says she'll challenge the decision.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale suggested Monday he would think hard before overruling a border officer's decision.

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