Har­vard scraps Man­ning in­vite af­ter CIA ob­jects

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Har­riet Alexan­der in New York

CHELSEA MAN­NING’S in­vi­ta­tion to be a vis­it­ing fel­low at Har­vard has been with­drawn by the uni­ver­sity af­ter protests from the CIA’S di­rec­tor.

Ms Man­ning, the 29-year-old for­mer army pri­vate who handed thou­sands of doc­u­ments to Wik­ileaks and served seven years in prison, was in­vited to speak there this au­tumn.

But days af­ter the of­fer was made, Dou­glas El­men­dorf, the dean of the Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, said the in­vite was “a mis­take”.

Mr El­men­dorf said she was still wel­come to speak at the fo­rum. Ms Man­ning said she was dis­ap­pointed at the de­ci­sion, which was prompted in part by Mike Pom­peo, the CIA di­rec­tor, with­draw­ing from an ap­pear­ance and crit­i­cis­ing the in­sti­tu­tion for giv­ing a plat­form to an “Amer­i­can traitor”.

“Har­vard’s ac­tions im­plic­itly tell stu­dents that you can be a fel­low at Har­vard and a felon un­der United States law,” he said.

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