BOSTON – Harvard University has reversed its decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow, one day after CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned appearance over the designation for the soldier who was convicted of leaking classified information.
In a statement posted to the university’s website early Friday, Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf writes that naming Manning a visiting fellow was a mistake even though he says the title carries no special honor. He says Manning is still invited to spend a day at the school and speak to students.
Manning responded on Twitter , writing that Harvard chills “marginalized voices under (at)cia pressure.”
Manning’s publicist didn’t immediately respond when asked if she would still accept Harvard’s invitation to visit the school.