Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence soldier jailed for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. reports and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks in 2010, was recently denied entry into Canada, The Intercept reports.
The Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School announced on Wednesday that it was inviting Chelsea E. Manning--who disseminated almost 750,000 secret American government cables and documents about Iraq to Wikileaks and spent seven years in prison before her sentence was commuted by President Obama--to become a visiting fellow. Then, on Friday, it rescinded the invitation. The school’s dean, Douglas W. Elmendorf, issued a broadly worded statement. He indicated that, on the one hand, he continued to believe the invitation was appropriate but, on the other, that “in retrospect” he had gotten the balance between controversial actions and “public service” wrong, and that the title visiting fellow, even if used for a only a day to give a talk, was ultimately inappropriate in the case of Manning.
Following Harvard University's decision to select Chelsea Manning, the transgender former US Army soldier who was convicted of leaking classified data, as a visiting fellow, CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday decided not to speak at a school-sponsored forum that was scheduled the same day.
The highly publicized campaign to exonerate Clint Lorance — an ex-Army officer serving a 19-year prison sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for his role in the slayings of two unarmed Afghans in 2012 — suffered a major setback in late June when the Army Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the former lieutenant’s guilty verdict and denied a petition for a new trial, court documents show. But the fight to free Lorance isn’t over yet.
Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army soldier convicted of leaking national security secrets whose 35 year sentence was commuted by President Obama just before he left office, will stay on active duty while her court-martial conviction remains under appeal, USA Today reports.