Harvard student groups: Reinstate Chelsea Manning as fellow

By on September 16, 2017


Twelve Harvard University student groups are condemning the school's reversal of a decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. (Photo by hackNY.org/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Twelve Harvard University student groups are condemning the school’s reversal of a decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. (Photo by hackNY.org/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Twelve Harvard University student groups are condemning the school’s reversal of a decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow.

The groups released a statement Saturday calling for Harvard to reinstate Manning as a fellow.

Harvard reversed its decision on Friday, one day after CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned appearance over the visiting fellow designation for the soldier convicted of leaking classified information.

Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf says on the school’s website that naming Manning a visiting fellow was a mistake. He says Manning is still invited to spend a day at the school and speak to students.

Manning wrote on Twitter that Harvard chills “marginalized voices under ?cia pressure.”

Elmendorf didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment on Saturday.