Earlier this week, Harvard made waves across the country when it announced that traitor Chelsea Manning would be given a fellowship.
The backlash was swift and severe, and even resulted in former CIA Chief Mike Morell resigning from his position at the school, stating that he couldn’t be a part of an organization “that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information, Ms. Chelsea Manning.”
“The Kennedy School’s decision will assist Ms. Manning in her long-standing effort to legitimize the criminal path that she took to prominence, an attempt that may encourage others to leak classified information as well,” Morell wrote. “I have an obligation to my conscience — and I believe to the country — to stand up against any efforts to justify leaks of sensitive national security information.”
Additionally, social media lit up with criticism over the school for elevating someone who knowingly endangered the lives of our soldiers, and the backlash was so severe that Harvard was painted into a corner.
Now, Chelsea the traitor is out.
From the Daily Wire:
In a lengthy explanation posted online, Douglas Elmendorf, dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School, said the whole thing was a mistake.
“We invited Chelsea Manning because the Kennedy School’s longstanding approach to visiting speakers is to invite some people who have significantly influenced events in the world even if they do not share our values and even if their actions or words are abhorrent to some members of our community,” Elmendorf wrote.
“However, I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility.”
There was an outcry after Manning, the former U.S. Army soldier who served seven years in prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, was given the fellowship.
“I see more clearly now that many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations,” Elmendorf wrote.
In its initial decision, Harvard cited Manning’s transgender status as a reason for granting the fellowship, as well as his experience in the Army as an intelligence analyst.
“She speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence through her op-ed columns for the Guardian and the New York Times. As a trans woman, she advocates for queer and transgender rights as @xychelsea on Twitter.”
And now, it appears as if Manning is going to be sharing his views through Twitter only.
Good job on Harvard for doing the right thing. Although, the actual right thing would have been to never try to honor a traitor to begin with.