Wow: Harvard Rescinds Visiting Fellowship To Chelsea Manning

Finally, a proper decision by academics.

Well this is welcome news. 

Most of us were appalled to learn that  Harvard's Kennedy School of Government had extended a visiting fellowship to traitor Chelsea Manning. Now, the school's dean has rescinded that invitiation and apologized for the institution's initial decision, which had alienated former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell and Mike Pompeo. NBC reports: 

"I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility," Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf said in a statement posted on the university's website early Friday. "I still think that having her speak in the Forum and talk with students is consistent with our longstanding approach, which puts great emphasis on the value of hearing from a diverse collection of people. 

"But 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 added. 

Manning responded by tweeting that she was "honored" to be the first "disinvited trans woman visiting Harvard fellow" before calling the university out for bowing to pressure from the CIA. 

"This is what a military/police/intel state looks like," Manning tweeted. "The CIA determines what is said and is not taught at Harvard." 

In a letter to Elmendorf, Morell said that he cannot associate with an organization "that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information." 

Pompeo said in a separate letter to Harvard on Thursday that he backed Morell's decision, adding that he was withdrawing from a Harvard public forum. 

"While I have served my country as a soldier in the United States Army and will continue to defend Ms. Manning's right to offer a defense of why she chose this path, I believe it is shameful for Harvard to place its stamp of approval upon her treasonous actions," Pompeo wrote. 

For his part, Morell noted that Manning's gender reassignment was not a factor in his views.

"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 stated. 

Score one for a common-sense decision in academia. Finally.

(h/t: WeaselZippers)