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Harvard Student Groups: Reinstate Chelsea Manning as Fellow

Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf says on the school's website that naming Manning a visiting fellow was a mistake

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    This June 8, 2017, file photo shows Chelsea Manning in her first television interview since her prison release.

    Twelve Harvard University student groups are condemning the school's reversal of a decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow.

    The groups released a statement Saturday calling for Harvard to reinstate Manning as a fellow.

    Harvard reversed its decision on Friday, one day after CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned appearance over the visiting fellow designation for the soldier convicted of leaking classified information.

    Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf says on the school's website that naming Manning a visiting fellow was a mistake. He says Manning is still invited to spend a day at the school and speak to students.

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    Manning wrote on Twitter that Harvard chills "marginalized voices under (at)cia pressure."

    Elmendorf didn't immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment on Saturday.