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Chelsea Manning was convicted by court-martial in 2013 for violations of the Espionage Act.
On September 13th – The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA announced the additional Visiting Fellows which included Chelsea Manning.
This incited a counterblast from current patriots like CIA Director Mike Pompeo – who cancelled his scheduled appearance with Harvard as well as former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell who resigned his position as a Senior visiting fellow per Fox News.
Pompeo, a Harvard Law graduate, wrote a letter to Harvard and referred to Manning as a “traitor” and further explained:
“[The decision to cancel] is a decision I did not make lightly, my conscience and duty to the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency will not permit me to betray their trust by appearing to support Harvard’s decision with my appearance at tonight’s event.”
Harvard has now rescinded the prestigious “Fellow” honor to Manning; although, Manning will be allowed to speak, Douglas W. Elmendorf, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School said in a statement.