Just one day after offering a fellowship position to convicted spy Chelsea Manning, Harvard University changed its mind and rescinded the offer. There was a lot of outrage from people over the offer, even high ranking folks at the school.
The Boston Globe reports:
Harvard Kennedy School rescinds invite for Chelsea Manning to serve as visiting fellow
The Harvard Kennedy School withdrew its invitation for Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow, just one day after former acting CIA director Michael Morell resigned from his position of senior fellow at the school in protest against Harvard’s decision.
Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean of the Kennedy School, said that designating Manning as a visiting fellow “was a mistake” for which he accepts responsibility, but that Manning is still invited to speak at the Harvard Institute of Politics.
“I see more clearly now that many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations,” Elmendorf said in a statement released early Friday morning, just after midnight. “In particular, I think we should weigh, for each potential visitor, what members of the Kennedy School community could learn from that person’s visit against the extent to which that person’s conduct fulfills the values of public service to which we aspire.”
You have to wonder what Harvard was thinking even making the offer in the first place. What a dumb decision.