Har­vard does a U-turn on Chelsea Man­ning

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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”.

— REUTERS

Chelsea Man­ning, the trans­gen­der US Army sol­dier re­spon­si­ble for a mas­sive leak of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial.

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