With Chelsea Manning Invitation, Harvard Got a Discussion It Didn’t Want
It was the collision this week of some of those prominent names that thrust the Kennedy School into an uncomfortable controversy over whether it should confer its prestige and honor on people who have broken the law.
On Wednesday, the school’s Institute of Politics announced that it had accepted Chelsea Manning, a former United States soldier jailed for seven years for leaking classified information, as one of its visiting fellows.
The invitation set off an uproar, with many people complaining that Ms. Manning was a traitor to the country and should not be honored with a Harvard fellowship. Just after midnight Friday, the Kennedy School dean rescinded Ms. Manning’s fellowship, prompting another round of complaints by others who saw a vaunted institution buckling under political pressure.