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Calling it a "mistake," Harvard's Kennedy School of Government rescinded a visiting fellowship offered to Chelsea Manning, the former military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified government secrets, after the university faced forceful backlash from CIA Director Mike Pompeo among others. "I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility," Douglas W. Elmendorf, the school's dean, wrote in a 700-word statement released shortly after midnight Friday. Manning was one of four visiting fellows announced two days earlier by the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. As part of the program, visiting fellows appear on Harvard's campus for speaking engagements and events, interacting with undergraduate students on "topical issues of today," the school's initial announcement explained.

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Elmendorf decided to withdraw the invitation after realizing that "many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific," though the school had not intended to "honor [Manning] in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds." ...

"I apologize to her and to the many concerned people from whom I have heard today for not recognizing upfront the full implications of our original invitation," Elmendorf added.

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"Harvard's actions," Pompeo added, "implicitly tell its students that you too can be a fellow at Harvard and a felon under United States law. ... I believe it is shameful for Harvard to place its stamp of approval upon her treasonous actions."

Pompeo's blustery withdrawal from Thursday's event joined a chorus of denunciation from national security experts, military veterans and others.

Earlier Thursday, in a stern letter of his own, Michael Morell, a former CIA leader who spent more than three decades at the agency, resigned from Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He had been a fellow there since September 2013. The school's invitation to Manning, Morell said, all but endorsed her decision to break the law."

Uppity Harvard grads.

She paid her dues, says here. And Harvard has acted in cowardly fashion, folding under pressure. I expect some of the students will have something to say about this reversal of policy.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-15 12:13 PM | Reply

It is a good thing that the CIA has never broken any laws.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-09-15 12:19 PM | Reply

Alright I expect all those Berkeley-hating conservatives to be defending free speech here.

Oh wait, that wouldn't further their anti-trans, anti-college, anti-actual-free-speech agendas and she is't a nazi like milo.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-09-15 12:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 2


 

As I read this, I was wondering why she was offered a visiting fellowship in the first place. What did she do that was so significant?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-09-15 12:59 PM | Reply

Manning should have been shot and thrown in a ditch 7 years ago. The pardon, like the whole transgender argument is nothing more than a tool. It is kept in the background until needed and then brought out to change a narrative from a loosing argument.

#6 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-09-15 01:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"She should be taken out to a field and shot in the head."

Why rwingers are so despised.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-09-15 02:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Chelsea E. Manning ✔ @xychelsea this is what a military/police/intel state looks like 🕵️🕵️‍♀️ the @cia determines what is and is not taught at @harvar

Sounds like she blames "the deep state" for the decision to rescind the Fellow invitation. IMO, the move was a correct one on Harvard's behalf.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-09-15 03:15 PM | Reply

"She should be taken out to a field and shot in the head."

I'd feel much better if YOU were taken out into a field. etc etc.

#9 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-09-15 04:00 PM | Reply

Muh Treason. You elected a traitor.

don't care what conservatives think... i say we free all the traitors cause clearly its legal since our president is one.

#10 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-09-15 04:01 PM | Reply

What did she do that was so significant?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter

Seriously?

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-15 04:07 PM | Reply

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Ok

First, Manning did not commit Treason. Was not convicted of Treason.
Second Manning received a sentence way out of line of the convicted crimes.
Third I always hear "Pardoned" - Manning was not pardoned. Her sentence was commuted. HUGE difference.

Frankly Manning did a service to the people of this country and those countries we invaded. She exposed outright military lies and hidden massacres. Maybe she went too far but you at least can't walk around with blinders on saying how we do nothing wrong.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-15 04:14 PM | Reply

I think the biggest problem with all this is people in general have zero clue what being a visiting fellow means.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-15 04:15 PM | Reply

@#11 ... Seriously? ...

Yes, seriously.

I know what she did.

But I asked what did she do to deserve the honor of the visiting fellowship at Harvard. In my view, what she did was not noteworthy, in a positive sense of that word.

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-09-15 04:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Anyone got the list of KIA because of Chelsea?

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-16 07:32 PM | Reply

Yep.

#16 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-09-16 08:49 PM | Reply

Name names.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-16 10:19 PM | Reply

IMO Manning probably has a lot to say and a unique and interesting perspective. I certainly would be willing to go to a lecture where she was the featured speaker.

#18 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-09-17 01:31 AM | Reply

I thought her comment about the Deep State was interesting.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-17 01:35 AM | Reply

Feel like most Trump voters felt they were voting against the Deep State...

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-09-17 01:52 AM | Reply

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