Harvard withdraws invitation to Chelsea Manning after CIA leaders revolt

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Former CIA Director Michael Morell speaks at a forum at Harvard University on May 3, 2016. Paul Marotta / Getty Images, file

Like Pompeo, Morell stressed that he didn’t take issue with Manning’s gender identity.

“But it is my right, indeed my duty, to argue that the School’s decision is wholly inappropriate and to protest it by resigning from the Kennedy School,” he wrote.

Elmendorf disputed the notion that Harvard’s selection of the visiting fellows were endorsements of their views or actions. But he said it was clear others view the positions that way.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted of leaking a trove of military intelligence records and spent seven years in prison before President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January.

She is appealing her conviction. Manning’s lawyer handling the appeal, Nancy Hollander, disputed Morell’s claims that Manning’s leak put the nation in danger.

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