Chelsea Manning may be free but it is clear she has not been forgiven.
The former military intelligence analyst had her invitation to be a visiting fellow at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government rescinded on Friday. Harvard’s decision to bring Manning on campus prompted the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to cancel an appearance, calling Manning an “American traitor.”
Douglas W. Elmendorf, school dean, said it was a “mistake” to designate Manning as one of four visiting fellows at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. Elmendorf said because so many people view a fellowship as role of honor, the school did not want to endorse Manning’s words and deeds.
“I apologize to her and to the many concerned people from whom I have heard from today for not recognizing upfront the full implications of our original invitation,” Elmendorf told the Washington Post.
Mike Pompeo, CIA Director, issued a statement on Sept. 14 announcing his withdraw from an upcoming appearance at Harvard. Pompeo blasted Manning and called Wikileaks an “enemy of the United States.”
“Ms. Manning stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo, a former U.S. Congressman from Kansas who holds a law degree from Harvard, said his objection “has nothing to do with Ms. Manning’s identity as a transgender person.”
Manning responded, tweeting “this is what a military/police/intel state looks like. The CIA determines what is and is not taught at Harvard.”
Manning, 29, was court-martialed in July of 2013 for violations under the Espionage Act. Former President Barack Obama commuted her original 35-year prison sentence in January and she was released from Fort Leavenworth on May 17.