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Barack Obama heckled by Manning supporter

world Updated: Aug 23, 2013 12:17 IST
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President Barack Obama was heckled on Friday by a supporter of Bradley Manning, the American solider who has been sentenced to 35 years for leaking secret US documents to whistleblower website WikiLeaks, with the protester demanding his release.

Obama was speaking at a high school in Syracuse, New York and briefly paused in his remarks to acknowledge the woman, who was then escorted from the auditorium.

"I hear you, I hear you," Obama responded to the heckler.

The heckler continued, and much of the rest of the audience shouted her down.

Obama's speech was interrupted for about a minute as he tried to control the crowd.

"No, no, no, that's fine.Wait, wait...That's okay.Hold on a second. Hold on," Obama said urging people to stay calm.

"Can I just say that as hecklers go, that young lady was very polite. She was. She brought up an issue of importance, and that's part of what America is all about," Obama said.

Manning was sentenced on Wednesday for leaking more than 700,000 pages of classified information to Wikileaks.

On Thursday, 25-year-old Manning said in a statement to the Today Show that he was transgendered, identified as a woman, and preferred to be known as Chelsea Manning.