On Thursday, Michael Morell, who was formerly the Deputy and then Acting Director of the CIA under President Obama, has resigned from his position as non-resident fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In a letter written to the Dean of the Kennedy School, Mr. Morell was stern in his protest of the administration’s decision to hire convicted felon Bradley “Chelsea” Manning.”
In 2010, Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of documents, which were highly classified, to the rogue cyber-espionage group Wikileaks. Manning, of course, is a now trans rights activist since being freed from what should have been a 35-year federal prison sentence. Manning was convicted on 17 crimes, 6 being under the Espionage Act. President Obama chose to give Manning an 11th hour commutation shortly before handing the keys to the Oval Office over to President Trump.
Though acquitted of the official charge of “aiding the enemy,” it is bipartisanly maintained that Manning’s actions put the lives of U.S. troops around the world at risk.
“There is still much work to be done to reduce the ability of criminals like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden to harm our national security.” – Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), 2013
So, other than being a traitor, what qualifications does Manning have to be a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics? No it’s not experience facing military tribunals or expertise in communicating with the likes of Julian Assange. Manning is being brought to Harvard to discuss “issues of LGBTQ identity in the military.”
Surely there are non-convicted felons who can fill this role. And yet, despite all that and her absolutely psychotic rants on Twitter, the prestigious Harvard University went this direction because Manning is an overnight celebrity and icon of the trans movement.
Michael Morell had a few things to say about the Kennedy School’s decision.
“As an institution, the Kennedy School’s decision will assist Ms. Manning in her long-standing effort to legitimize the criminal path that she took to prominence, an attempt that may encourage others to leak classified information as well. I have an obligation to my conscience – and I believe to the country – to stand up against any efforts to justify leaks of sensitive national security information. For this reason, I have decided to resign my position at Belfer.”
The Belfer Center is a branch of Harvard’s Kennedy School with distinction in international affairs. The Institute of Politics, a separate wing of HKS, is where Manning will serve as a Visiting Fellow.
Mr. Morell also emphasized that his resignation was not in protest of Manning’s gender identity or of transgender people’s right to serve in the U.S. military, which he supports, but was solely based on Manning’s traitorous past. It is a laudable move on the part of Morell’s, who for several months was the highest-ranking intelligence official in the country.
Let’s hope that Mr. Morell does not face accusations of “transphobia” or “cis-sexism,” a term I discussed in my last blog, but there no doubt will be people on the Left who jump to that conclusion and publicly castrate a patriotic public servant. All I know is that the Harvard Kennedy School is worse off both in his absence and in Manning’s presence.
UPDATE: According to NPR, Douglas Elmendorf, Dean of the Kennedy School, has rescinded the invitation to Chelsea Manning to work at the school as a Visiting Fellow.
In a statement released by HKS, Dean Elmendorf stated that Manning would still be invited for one day to speak at a forum:
“We are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellow — and the perceived honor that it implies to some people — while maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum.
“I apologize to her and to the many concerned people from whom I have heard today for not recognizing upfront the full implications of our original invitation.”
Shortly after Michael Morell’s letter was released to the public, current CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly postponed an appearance at Harvard. Below is an Associated Press report on Director Pompeo’s decision:
“Pompeo, who has a law degree from Harvard, said he didn’t make the decision lightly. He wrote that he would betray the trust of CIA employees if he appeared.”
This is a victory for the intelligence community, people who take security clearance seriously, patriotic Americans, and, in the long run, Harvard’s Kennedy School of government. Based on everything I’ve read, Manning betrayed her fellow soldiers, abused her gender identity to entice the Obama administration to commute her sentence, and faces serious mental instabilities.
She is not someone who should be employed by an institution as prestigious as Harvard University, let alone the John F. Kennedy School of Government. It would be a stain on the legacy of the school’s namesake.
What goes around comes around, Chelsea.
Cover image courtesy of The Washington Examiner