Breaking: Ex-CIA Director Resigns From Harvard After Chelsea Manning Hire!
Former CIA Director Michael Morell announced his resignation on Thursday as a senior official at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He resigned over the school’s hiring of Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow.
“Unfortunately, I cannot be part of an organization — the Kennedy School — that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information, Ms. Chelsea Manning, by inviting her to be a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics,” Morell said in a letter to Harvard’s dean, Douglas Elmendorf.
“Ms. Manning was found guilty of 17 serious crimes, including six counts of espionage, for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, an entity that CIA Director Mike Pompeo says operates like an adversarial foreign intelligence service,” Morell added.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo has come out saying that he agrees with the resignation. This is big as he is one of the main people involved in the school and should light a fire under the higher-ups.
“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 responded.
Morell made sure to note that this decision has nothing to do with Manning’s sexual orientation. That is probably what will be brought up by at least a few around the liberal university. But he defended himself before they could get to him.
“It is important to note that I fully support Ms. Manning’s rights as a transgender American, including the right to serve our country in the U.S. military,” Morell wrote.
“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,” Morell continued.
Chelsea Manning is a traitor to this country and cannot be trusted to hold a position of power. The fact that they thought that this was a good decision to begin with is rather surprising. But that is expected from a liberal university.