Harvard does a U-turn on Chelsea Manning
Washington: Harvard University on Friday withdrew a fellowship invitation to Chelsea Manning, the transgender US Army soldier who was convicted of leaking classified data, after two top intelligence experts distanced themselves from the school over the invite.
Manning, 29, was released in May from a US military prison in Kansas where she had been serving time for passing secrets to the WikiLeaks website in the biggest breach of classified data in the history of the United States. Harvard Kennedy School of government announced on Wednesday that it had invited the controversial figure to be a visiting fellow and speak at a forum. Douglas Elmendorf, the dean of Harvard Kennedy School, said: “I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility.” “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.” The announcement
came after CIA Director Mike Pompeo cancelled a speaking at the university over the invitation to Manning, whom he called an “American traitor”.
Chelsea Manning, the transgender US Army soldier responsible for a massive leak of classified material.