UCLA hosts convicted traitor Chelsea Manning … to talk about ethics

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The University of California, Los Angeles, is hosting Chelsea Manning Monday evening to speak about the ethics of public service.

Manning, a transgender person and former Army private convicted under the Espionage Act of leaking thousands of sensitive government documents, stole and disclosed nearly 750,000 documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 when serving in the Army. He was later convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Manning will speak about “resistance in the age of artificial intelligence” as well as activism, protesting, transgender issues and technology, according to UCLA’s event description. The talk is part of the Meyer and Renee Luskin Lecture Series. “The line between right and wrong is not always clear,” the event advertises.

General admission is $35, but faculty and staff can attend for $15. Admission is free for current students.

The event comes after Manning filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in January to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for Maryland’s Senate seat two-term Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin currently occupies.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking the thousands of classified documents, but then-President Barack Obama commuted the sentence in January of 2017, freeing Manning from a Kansas military prison.

Trump blasted Manning after Obama commuted his sentence, calling him an “ungrateful traitor” who never should have been released.

UCLA did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.

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