Student groups urge Harvard to reinstate Manning as fellow
This undated file photo provided by Chelsea Manning shows a portrait of her that she posted on her Instagram account on Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Tim Travers Hawkins/Courtesy of Chelsea Manning via AP, File)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017 6:35PM EDT
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.