Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chelsea Manning Says the Average Citizen Has Power and Needs to Use It

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chelsea Manning Says the Average Citizen Has Power and Needs to Use It

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Chelsea Manning vaunts citizen power

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MONTREAL - Whistleblower Chelsea Manning says the average citizen has power and needs to use it.

The internationally recognized transgender activist told the annual C2 Montreal business conference on Thursday that people have the political power to change things.

Manning, 30, is a former Army intelligence analyst who served seven years in a U.S. prison for leaking government documents to Wikileaks until then-President Barack Obama commuted the sentence in 2017.

Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her arrest, she came out as transgender after her 2013 court-martial.

She also told the conference it is important to send letters and messages of support for prisoners who have defended rights.

She said the messages she received while in prison served as moral support. …

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