After former and current CIA chiefs protested Harvard University extending a visiting fellowship to Chelsea Manning, the university withdrew its offer.
“I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility, “said Harvard’s Kennedy School of Business Dean Douglas Elmendorf. “I see more clearly now that many people view a visiting fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations.”
Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell left his post as senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Thursday after the school hired Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow at its Institute of Politics (IOP).
As Pvt. Bradley Manning, the former Army intelligence soldier transmitted more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks and was eventually convicted under the 1917 Espionage Act.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, referring to Manning as a “American traitor,” soon followed suit, pulling out of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Thursday night because, according to the Washington Post, he said the former Army private “stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for.”