Un­der pres­sure, Har­vard dean can­cels Man­ning’s fel­low­ship

On Twit­ter, ex-sol­dier ac­cuses school of cav­ing to the CIA

The Washington Post - - POLITICS & THE NATION - BY AN­DREW DEGRANDPRE an­drew.degrandpre@wash­post.com More at wash­ing­ton­post.com/news/ grade-point

Har­vard’s Kennedy School 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 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.

She is still wel­come to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak at the school’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Fo­rum, the dean said.

Man­ning was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment. On Twit­ter, how­ever, she ac­cused the school of sup­press­ing “marginal­ized voices” and cav­ing to pres­sure from the CIA.

The dean’s de­ci­sion came only hours af­ter Pom­peo with­drew from a planned ap­pear­ance at the Kennedy School and chas­tised the in­sti­tu­tion for call­ing at­ten­tion to Man­ning. In a bit­ing let­ter to the event’s or­ga­niz­ers, Pom­peo branded Man­ning an “Amer­i­can traitor.”

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.

Man­ning, 29, is trans­gen­der. As an Army pri­vate first class named Bradley Man­ning, she was con­victed of es­pi­onage and sen­tenced to 35 years in prison for pro­vid­ing thou­sands of clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to Wik­iLeaks.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama com­muted Man­ning’s sen­tence be­fore leav­ing of­fice, and she was freed in May from the mil­i­tary’s su­per­max prison at Fort Leav­en­worth, Kan.

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