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Congressman at Pride: Don’t talk about Chelsea Manning, I’m just here to party

Nick Duffy August 8, 2014

A congressman has refused to answer questions about trans prisoner Chelsea Manning while appearing at a Pride parade.

Adam Schiff, who sits in the US House of Representatives for California’s 28th congressional district, rejected questions about the Wikileaks source at LA Pride earlier this year.

Manning is at the centre of a protracted legal battle, attempting to be granted permission to transition in prison.

In a video shared by Jeff 4 Justice, the Democrat was asked: “As a congressman, regarding some of our LGBT brothers and sisters, what do you think of Chelsea Manning?

“Should Chelsea Manning be pardoned?”

Schiff replied: “I don’t know the answer to that, but I appreciate being here today.”

When asked about gay former Guardian journalist Glenn Grenwald – whose partner David Miranda was detained in connection with the Wikileaks investigation – he rejected the questioning.

He said: “You know, I’m just here to enjoy Pride, thank you very much… I’m just here for the party today.”

Amnesty International last week renewed calls for the release of Chelsea Manning from prison, one year into her 35-year sentence under the Espionage Act.

Watch the clip below:

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