Festival Insights NEWS: Chelsea Manning to speak at Roskilde Festival

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DENMARK: American activist Chelsea Manning will give an exclusive talk about rights and personal engagement at Roskilde Festival. It will be her first European speaking appearance since the commutation of her sentence in 2017. The talk constitutes part of the festival’s Equality programme, which has run for the past three years, and is designed to inspire festival-goers to take a stand and broaden their mind.

Chelsea Manning – then known as Bradley Manning – was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 after leaking classified documents related to the United States’ war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

One of Barack Obama’s last presidential acts was to shorten Manning’s sentence. Manning has identified as a woman since her release and is an active part of the fight for public transparency in a digitalised world, as well as an advocate for transgender…

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