Harvard dean rescinds Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellow invitation, calling it a ‘mistake’

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Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government rescinded a visiting fellowship offered to Chelsea Manning, the former military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified government secrets, after the university faced forceful backlash from CIA Director Mike Pompeo among others.

More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/09/14/former-cia-directors-shun-harvard-after-the-school-invites-chelsea-manning-to-campus/?utm_term=.f042f1ee1573

 

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As one of the commenters below the original ​post had said:

"If the US government didn't keep so many secrets unnecessarily there would be no need for the Chelsea Mannings of the world. What she did took an extraordinary amount of courage, from releasing the info to staying around and paying the price by going to jail for seven years."

And now, we see her getting backlash from the likes of the present administration, politicians who have many things to hide.

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Chelsea Manning Says She Is Not a Traitor

Chelsea Manning, right, is assisted with a microphone, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, before a scheduled appearance at a forum, in Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Chelsea Manning, right, is assisted with a microphone, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, before a scheduled appearance at a forum, in Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Chelsea Manning said Sunday she is not an "American traitor" as her critics have claimed, and that she did what she thought was right.

Manning made the remarks at a conference in Nantucket that was one of her first public appearances since being released for a military prison in May. The Associated Press was the only media outlet in attendance.

"I believe I did the best I could in my circumstances to make an ethical decision," she told the crowd when asked by the moderator if she was a traitor.

The 29-year-old transgender woman was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office.

Manning spoke at the annual conference for The Nantucket Project in Massachusetts, a venture founded to bring together creative thinkers to uncover ideas. Organizers say about 600 people attended.

Tom Scott, who co-founded The Nantucket Project with Kate Brosnan, said they invited Manning for "clarity of understanding."

"My brother and father are Marines. They would respectfully challenge some of her decisions," he said. "Barack Obama commuted her sentence. My instinct is that he's a good and trustful man. How do those two things mix? Seeing her in person offers, perhaps, the best way to decipher that."

Several audience members said they were intrigued to hear from Manning. Sara O'Reilly, a Nantucket resident who has attended several past conferences, said the speakers are typically a "little edgy." She said she doesn't judge Manning and other people have done "far worse" things. Bonnie Roseman, of West Palm Beach, Florida, said after the talk that Manning is courageous.

More here: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/18/chelsea-manning-says-she-not-traitor.html

 

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Bonnie Roseman, of West Palm Beach, Florida, said after the talk that Manning is courageous.

She definitely is. We need more Chelsea Mannings in this world. Has a lot more backbone than the whole administration, combined.

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I agree she's courageous, but more in light of her very public transition. She's also incredibly lucky that Obama was president and pardoned her. I can't imagine this happening under the current administration. She said that she did her best to make the most ethical decision at the time. I believe her but I worry about trusting and valuing the judgment of people in positions like hers.

Obviously our government, military, and intelligence organizations are far from perfect and do many things that we in the public have no awareness of. Still, I feel we must trust our officials to do the right thing overall and their organizations to follow their protocols to deal with concerns. Sure, we have to trust that those organizations even have and use such protocols. I hope that a positive outcome of Chelsea's actions is that those organizations have audited their organizational processes and effected changes such that future Chelsea's don't feel compelled to go public with secret information.

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