We first met Chelsea Manning back when she was still Brad. (That’s right, she’s on the Caitlyn Jenner team.) As Brad, she leaked thousands of pieces of classified information to Wiki-leaks. Not only is she a convicted spy and felon, she is a new Harvard Fellow.
Some call Manning a whistle blower. Some call her a hero. However, many people consider her actions to be the actions of a traitor. In fact, people are concerned that rewarding Manning for her behavior will decriminalize leaking classified information. People will start to view leaking as normal. Then the integrity of classified documents will be forever compromised.
Now, Manning is a Harvard Fellow. A person is chosen to be a Harvard Fellow when they are recognized for their extraordinary scholarly potential. The honor is a lifetime membership and once chosen, Harvard bestows a world of academic opportunities upon the fellow to foster their intellectual growth. It’s all very hoity toity. How did a convicted felon manage to garner such an honor?
For some of the Harvard Fellows, sharing the honor with Manning is asking way too much. In fact, former CIA Director Michael Morrell announced that he will step-down as a Fellow now that Manning was given the honor.
Manning responded by Tweeting “Good”.
However, the fires are already burning. Many people are shocked to see Manning chosen.
Harvard claims Manning in some kind of expert, but people feel differently.
According to Fox News:
Manning will take on the role at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the school said on its website.
“She speaks on the social, technological and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence,” the Harvard announcement said. “As a trans woman, she advocates for queer and transgender rights as @xychelsea on Twitter.”
Morell, a former CIA deputy director who twice served as acting director, announced his resignation from Harvard’s Belfer Center was a result of Manning’s appointment, saying he couldn’t be part of an organization “that honors convicted felon and leaker of classified information.”
“Senior leaders in our military have stated publicly that the leaks by Ms. Manning put the lives of U.S. soldiers at risk,” Morell said. “I have an obligation in my conscience — and I believe to the country — to stand against any efforts to justify leaks of sensitive national security information.”
Many people were flabbergasted the university gave Manning the title, calling it “unbelievable” that a person convicted of espionage could be considered a “fellow.”
“Of all the veterans who honorably served…Harvard hires Chelsea Manning who was convicted of espionage. Unbelievable,” retired gunnery sergeant Jessie Jane Duff wrote on Twitter.
“I’m loyal to Harvard, but I think I’ll forego IOP events this fall. (I’d feel the same way if Chelsea Manning were still Bradley Manning.)” pundit Bill Kristol said. Manning replied: “Awesome ! can you ask @seanspicer to do the same ? #WeGotThis.” [Spicer is also a new Fellow at Harvard.]
#Bizarre; @Harvard names #ChelseaManning as #VisitingFellow on #LGBT.. He’s more qualified to speak on #Treachery,” tweeted David Higgins, who identifies himself as having been in the U.S. Army.
“Seriously @Harvard?? Enabling a traitor to our country? You need to check your stupidity,” another user wrote on Twitter.
“How to become a Harvard Visiting Fellow: Leak 700,000 classified documents & get convicted of 6 espionage charges,” user J Michael Waller tweeted.
Obama Freed Her
Manning only served 7 of her 35 years in prison. Good old Barack commuted her sentence around the same time he was freeing terrorists from Guantanamo. What good is a terrorist without a few spies?
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was outraged by her release. And for the record, Donald Trump isn’t impressed one bit by the traitor. But sadly, the university system is full of liberal bias. That’s why Harvard found a home for Manning. But if more Fellows walk away, Harvard might be forced to rethink their decision.