Less than two days after former army private and transgender activist Chelsea Manning was invited to serve as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government, the school has withdrawn the invitation after former CIA Director (and vocal Hillary Clinton supporter) Mike Morrell resigned in protest, according to the Hill.
“We are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellow — and the perceived honor that it implies to some people — while maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum,” Douglas Elmendorf, dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, said in a statement.”
Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell announced Thursday that he would resign as asenior fellow saying he couldn’t be associated with an organization “that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information.”
Manning’s previous academic achievements including spending one semester studying History and English at Montgomery Community College in Maryland.
After stealing a bunch of classified documents, leaking them to WikiLeaks, getting convicted of espionage and serving 7 years in prison, Harvard was supposed to be the next step in an already illustrious career…
…but unfortunately for Manning, the school has decided it can’t afford to alienate a legion of senior advisers, faculty and advisers, many of whom – like Morrell – have threatened to walk in protest.
Given the number of people I’ve heard from at Harvard and elsewhere, this from Pres. Obama’s Deputy CIA Director could open the floodgates. https://t.co/4Q1LHWoWRC
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 14, 2017
Manning would have joined former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, who were both also announced as fellows on Wednesday. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was also announced as a fellow earlier this month.
Here’s Morrell’s resignation letter:
— Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) September 14, 2017
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted his disapproval…
Well done, Mike. And abject shame on Harvard. https://t.co/SfI1HxDpdD
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 14, 2017
According to Harvard’s website, Manning’s talk would have centered around “issues of LGBTQ identity in the military” – a hot-button issue as the Department of Defense is currently studying whether it should allow 15,000 transgender soldiers to continue serving.