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Chelsea Manning who was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted on charges of espionage, theft and fraud in 2013 has filed to run for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, announcing her run in a video this week. Let that sink in for a moment.

The former soldier known as Bradley Manning before coming out as transgender was released from a military prison after President Obama commuted her sentence late last year in the final days of his term.

Like me, you were probably shocked to find out that a felony conviction let alone one for betraying your country does not disqualify you from serving in the Senate. And while Mannings chances of defeating popular Sen. Ben Cardin in the Democratic primary this year are extraordinarily slim, the very fact that this reprehensible backstabber can even perpetrate this farce is shameful.

To refresh your memory, Manning leaked around 750,000 classified and sensitive documents to WikiLeaks, which placed them on the internet. Authorities said this was the largest leak of classified documents in American history. Even thinking about rewarding this criminal with a Senate seat is beyond absurd.

All Manning would have to do is swear another meaningless oath and promise to obey it this time to once again gain access to our national security secrets, which she could leak again if she wished. That should fill you with confidence.

The sheer volume of documents ensured there was no way Manning could have reviewed them in any meaningful way. Manning basically provided randomly chosen pieces of our national secrets to all of our enemies. Operations were compromised and partners in Iraq and Afghanistan were identified and put at risk.

Manning claimed to have acted to expose U.S. war crimes. But even after exhaustive examination of all of the information she released, not a single war crime was identified. So in the end this was a selfish act by a childish individual who put her own petty grievances above the safety and security of the entire country and endangered the lives of honorably serving members of the U.S. military.

Now we have the spectacle of Chelsea Manning for Senate. While getting elected would be the longest of long shots, lets think about the unlikely event that Manning beats the odds and actually becomes a senator.

Should that come to pass, the worlds greatest deliberative body, as the Senate likes to call itself, would seat a felon who purposely violated the oath of enlistment in the U.S. Army and betrayed America and fellow soldiers.

Whats important to note is that senators are not required to obtain a security clearance to gain access to classified government material. Former Army Pvt. Manning could never regain a security clearance after being convicted of espionage. But Sen. Manning would automatically be allowed to examine classified material by virtue of having been elected by the public to an office requiring this access.

Hey, what could possibly go wrong?

All Manning would have to do is swear another meaningless oath and promise to obey it this time to once again gain access to our national security secrets, which she could leak again if she wished. That should fill you with confidence.

It could even come to pass that this person who put our intelligence agencies and American lives at risk could serve on a committee providing oversight on the same agencies whose information she sent flying into the digital breeze. Just having to think through all of this is making my head ache and my stomach churn.

It will be very interesting to see how much support this #Resistance heroine, who has been very noisy in opposition to President Trump, can gain from the left. It is one thing to cheer on a somewhat comical protestor whose emoji addiction on Twitter leans heavily on rainbows and unicorns. Its quite another to actually support an alumnus of the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas for a job requiring the trust of the public.

Regardless of the outcome, we now have been forced to at least contemplate this senseless possibility. That is a sad commentary on the state of our political system, and we are all lowered by it.

Jim Hanson is President of Security Studies Group and served in US Army Special Forces.

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Chelsea Manning, the former US army private who was imprisoned for passing information to WikiLeaks, has confirmed she will run for a US Senate seat.

A federal election filing, made on Thursday, showed Mannings intention to run in the November elections as a Democrat. On Sunday, the former intelligence analyst tweeted: Yup, were running for Senate #WeGotThis.

Mannings entry to the Democratic primary will range her against Ben Cardin, the senior senator from Maryland who has served since 2007.

The senior Democrat on the Senate foreign affairs committee, Cardin has emerged as a key party voice on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, in which WikiLeaks released thousands of emails belonging to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In 2012, facing a primary challenge from an African American state senator and seven other candidates, Cardin won 74% of the vote.

A representative for Manning did not respond to a request for comment.

The video tweeted by Manning began with scenes of protest and police action and a voiceover that said: We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, of hate. We dont need more or better leaders. We need someone willing to fight.

The video then switched to pictures of Congress in session and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer meeting Donald Trump at the White House.

We need to stop asking them to give us our rights, the voiceover said. They wont support us. They wont compromise. We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves.

The video showed Manning walking down the middle of a major road, then standing in front of a graffiti-covered wall, holding a rose.

We need to actually take the reins of power from them, it said. We need to challenge them at every level. We need to fix this. We dont need them anymore. We can do better. Youre damn right #WeGotThis.

Manning also tweeted a link for campaign donations.

Now 30, Manning was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in jail, for her part in the 2010 leak of more than 700,000 documents and videos to news outlets including the Guardian and the New York Times.

Her sentence was commuted by President Obama, shortly before the end of his second term in office. Manning was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas in May 2017, having spent seven years in custody.

Manning, who was formerly known as Bradley and who attempted suicide while in prison, is now a writer and activist who has been a columnist for the Guardian.

Donald Trump has criticised Manning. In January 2017, responding to the commutation of her sentence, he tweeted: Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!

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January 9th is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and to mark the occasion, convicted spy Chelsea Manning took to Twitter to send the following message:

Manning pleaded guilty to espionage and theft in 2013 after releasing classified military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

In his final days in office, President Barack Obama commuted Mannings remaining sentence saying the original sentence was very disproportionate relative to what other leakers have received.

Lets be clear, Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence, President Obama said during his final press conference. The notion that the average person who is thinking about exposing vital classified information will think that it goes unpunished; I dont think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.

Manning ultimately served a little over three years of the original sentence.

Manning his lived in Maryland. since May 2017

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Chelsea ManningA Conversation with Heather Dewey-Hagborg

March 15, 2018

Chelsea Manning speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence, and on the practical applications of machine learning. She is an advocate of queer and transgender rights and government transparency. During her time as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Manning publicly disclosed classifed documents that she felt revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during her deployment in Iraq in 2009. Upon being sentenced to 35 years for leaking government documents, she publicly identifed as a trans woman and asserted her legal rights to medical therapy. After serving seven years in military prison, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence; she was released in 2017. Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a bio-political artist and educator. In her creative collaboration with Chelsea Manning, Probably Chelsea (2017), Dewey-Hagborg received cheek swabs and hair clippings from Manning to create DNA-derived sculptural portraits. The work illustrates a multitude of ways in which DNA can be interpreted.

Co-presentation with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Munger Graduate Residences, with additional support from the Rackham Graduate School and the Knight-Wallace Fellows.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

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Chelsea Manning tweeted a not-so-veiled jab at President Trump as part of her Veterans Day message.

“Want to support veterans !? Stop sending us overseas to kill or be killed for your nationalist fairy tales. We can do better,” the transgender Army veteran tweeted on Saturday.

want to support veterans !? stop sending us overseas to kill or be killed for your nationalist fairy tales we can do better#WeGotThis #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/seT7Z8jnL6

Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) November 11, 2017

Manning, 29, was releasedin January 28 years early from a 35-year prison sentence for publishing illegally more than 700,000 classified government documents on WikiLeaks.

Shortly before he left office President Obama commuted her sentence for 22 charges, including “aiding the enemy.”

She was named “Newsmaker of the Year” by Out 100 this week.

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BY: Paul CrookstonDecember 4, 2017 3:20 pm

Foreign Policy placed Chelsea Manning on the publication’s list of 2017’s top “Global reThinkers,” declaring her a “living symbol” for whistleblower protection and transgender rights.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents, was sentenced to 35 years in prison until then-President Barack Obama commuted her sentenced in January. Manning wasreleasedin May, after serving seven years in prison.

Foreign Policy saidthat Manning earned its recognition “for forcing the United States to question who is a traitor and who is a hero.”

Manning told Foreign Policy that the world is “scary” since she got out of prison, describing how she anticipated many problems she now sees in society because of the Iraq war.

“I came out of prison, and the world is a different place. It’s scary out here,” she said. “I see how [pervasive] problems I anticipated in Iraq have [found] their way into our society today.”

Those problems are “what I was worried about in the first place,” she added.

Foreign Policy writer Jenna McLaughlin pointed to Manning’s social activism and Twitter exploits to explain her inclusion on the list.

To be a living symbol is to be objectified. So Manning decided to do something about it. Following her release in May, Manning began to align herself with various movements, becoming a public spokesperson for social activism. And she has used her growing social media profile to build a powerful brand. Her jubilant tweets opposing President Donald Trump (“there is more to politics than elections #WeGotThis”) and promoting LGBT rights and whistleblower protection reach more than 300,000 followers every day.

Foreign Policy introduced its list of global rethinkers by declaring that all of them, such as Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, found “amazing ways” to rethink and reshape the world.

This year, Foreign Policy is proud to feature the Global reThinkersthe legislators, technocrats, comedians, advocates, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, presidents, provocateurs, political prisoners, researchers, strategists, and visionarieswho together found amazing ways not just to rethink our strange new world but also to reshape it. They are the doers who defined 2017.

In July, however, Manning criticized her fellow “reThinker” Harris for not being progressive enough, tweeting that she is “more of the same.”

Manning has made news this year for her frequent public commentary, but also for her ill-fated turn as a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was disinvited after widespread outcry from people such as CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and McLaughlin wrote that Harvard “seemed to bend to pressure from prominent intelligence officials.”

McLaughlin also described the excitement of Manning’s lifenoting that she plays video games, writes, and readsbut said that she did not want to be caught up in the public eye.

“She also plays video games, writes articles for the New York Times, and reads,” McLaughlin wrote. “Still, she says, this new public persona was merely incidental; Manning claims that she had hoped to disappear from view after leaving prison but that media attention on her case has placed her in the spotlight.”

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo withdraws from speaking slot and former acting CIA Director Michael Morrel quits Harvard post over hiring.

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Updated 09/15/2017 06:54 AM EDT

The Harvard University Institute of Politics invitation for Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow for the 2017-18 academic year was a mistake and is being withdrawn, the dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government said Friday.

I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility, Douglas Elmendorf said in a statement Friday. Therefore, we are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellowand the perceived honor that it implies to some peoplewhile maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum.

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The IOP announced Manning as a visiting fellow on Wednesday alongside former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who would join former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and MSNBC Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

But the invitation to Manning, a transgender woman who was arrested in 2010 for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, prompted backlash from top national security officials. Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell resigned his post Thursday as a senior fellow at Harvards Belfer Center in protest to the invitation to Manning, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo canceled a scheduled speaking appearance at the Kennedy School later Thursday.

In a letter Thursday to Elmendorf, Morell wrote that he cannot be part of an organization that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information, Ms. Chelsea Manning, by inviting her to be a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy Schools Institute of Politics.

In his own letter Thursday to Belfer Centers director of intelligence and defense projects, Pompeo said his conscience and duty to the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency will not permit me to betray their trust by appearing to support Harvards decision to extend an invitation to an American traitor to become a visiting fellow.

Ms. Manning stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for, Pompeo wrote.

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Elmendorf distanced the university from Manning and its cast of visiting fellows overall, noting that while some speakers are controversial, Harvard doesnt endorse or legitimize their words.

He explained that Manning would have been one of 10 visiting fellows this fall and painted the title as a designation for visitors who spend more than a few hours at the School, not as conveying a special honor.

At any point in time, the Kennedy School has hundreds of fellows playing many different roles at the School, Elmendorf said. We invited Chelsea Manning to spend a day at the Kennedy School. Specifically, we invited her to meet with students and others who are interested in talking with her, and then to give remarks in the Forum where the audience would have ample opportunityas with all of our speakersto ask hard questions and challenge what she has said and done. On that basis, we also named Chelsea Manning a Visiting Fellow. We did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds, as we do not honor or endorse any Fellow.

Elmendorf owned up to his mistake and extended an apology to Manning.

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, he said. This decision now is not intended as a compromise between competing interest groups but as the correct way for the Kennedy School to emphasize its longstanding approach to visiting speakers while recognizing that the title of Visiting Fellow implies a certain recognition.

Former President Barack Obama commuted Mannings 35-year sentence during his last week in office. But Morell and Pompeo noted in their letters that she was found guilty of 17 serious crimes, endangering soldiers and America’s national security, but stressed that their positions had nothing to do with Manning being a transgender woman.

It has everything to do with her identity as a traitor to the United States of America and my loyalty to the officers of the CIA, Pompeo said of his decision to cancel his speaking appearance.

Manning tweeted that she was honored to be 1st disinvited trans woman visiting @harvard fellow, adding that they chill marginalized voices under @cia pressure.She lamented that @harvard says @seanspicer & @Clewandowski_ bring something to the table and adding something to the conversation and not me.

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Chelsea Manning was interviewed on the ABC News program Nightline shortly after her release from prison. Manning, a 29-year-old transgender woman, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted of leaking classified information. Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images hide caption

Chelsea Manning was interviewed on the ABC News program Nightline shortly after her release from prison. Manning, a 29-year-old transgender woman, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted of leaking classified information.

The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School announced Wednesday that Chelsea Manning would be one of its visiting fellows, but less than two days later, the school’s dean withdrew the invitation.

Manning, a 29-year-old transgender woman, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted of leaking classified information.

Manning was released from a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in May after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by former President Barack Obama. Before leaving office in January, Obama said he felt justice had been served.

Early Thursday, Michael Morell, former deputy director and acting director of the CIA, resigned his senior fellowship post at Harvard over the school’s decision to include Manning as a visiting fellow.

Morell said he could not be part of an organization that “honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information.”

A short time later, CIA Director Mike Pompeo canceled an appearance at the school, where he was scheduled to discuss such topics as Russian involvement in the presidential election and the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo canceled an appearance at Harvard on Thursday after Chelsea Manning was named a visiting fellow at the school. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

CIA Director Mike Pompeo canceled an appearance at Harvard on Thursday after Chelsea Manning was named a visiting fellow at the school.

The Associated Press reports:

“Minutes after the event was to begin, Douglas Elmendorf, dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, took the stage and told the audience Pompeo was not there and would not speak.

“We will try to reschedule it as soon as we can, but the CIA director, is obviously, in charge of his schedule,” Elmendorf said. “We are not in charge of his schedule and he gets to decide when and where he speaks, of course.”

“Several hours later, the CIA released a letter that Pompeo wrote to a Harvard official.

“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.”

In a statement released late Thursday, Elmendorf said the school did not intend to honor Manning in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.

“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.”

Harvard also announced this week that it had invited former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to be visiting fellows.

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Chelsea Manning never ended up lecturing at Harvard University after loud objections from the Central Intelligence Agency. But late Monday afternoon, the day she was supposed to begin her fellowship, Manning did talk about surveillance, tech, and social repression down the streetat the similarly prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For someone who enlisted in the Army at a young age and spent most of her adult life in prison, seeing the prevalence of domestic surveillance and the militarization of policing is like Im walking out into the most boring dystopian novel I can imagine, she told The Daily Beast shortly after her talk. It feels like American cities, certain parts of them, are occupied by an American force, the police department.

Having traveled across the East and West Coasts since her release, one of the 21st centurys signature whistleblowers is trying to reconnect with her country and spread an activist message about political engagement. She ran up against an obstacle last month: the current and former intelligence officials who pressed Harvard to reject her fellowship.

Yet the result was an MIT conversation with the ACLUs Kade Crockford that encouraged the software engineers of tomorrow to think through the applications of their innovations that might aid a more expansive surveillance apparatusitself a statement of defiance to those whod rather respectable institutions shun her.

Whats important here is that the Central Intelligence Agency and associated people in the intelligence community, they think they can stifle dissent, all forms of dissent, all across America and use academic institutions as a battleground, Manning said.

Seeing all those militarized cops on American streets is like Im walking out into the most boring dystopian novel I can imagine.

Chelsea Manning

Last month, Harvards Kennedy School of Government withdrew a fellowship offer it had extended to Manning. Michael Morell, the former acting CIA director, set off a backlash by resigning his own Harvard fellowship over outrage that leaks by Ms. Manning put the lives of U.S. soldiers at risk. Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director, followed up by calling Manning an American traitor. (Never mind the fact that Pompeo promoted WikiLeaks, the outlet that published Mannings leaks, during the 2016 campaign.)

Manning said she couldnt be bothered by the spymasters words. Im not going to be afraid and Im not going to be intimidated, she added.

Her MIT talk, delivered to about 130 students and other attendees, was the result of a post-Harvard invitation extended by Joi Ito of the MIT Media Lab after Manning reached out through a mutual friend, MIT confirmed. In it, Manning said, she touched on living in the panopticon of prison as a microcosm for tech-fueled advancements in repression, when it comes to facial recognition, surveillance, using databases and techniques to monitor and surveil people, as well as how she depended on other inmates for support while imprisoned.

Then she issued a warning to the engineers MIT will matriculate: While we might be making a piece of software that does one thing, for medicine or marketing or advertising, it can be used in a military context or to suppress dissent. These technological solutions are kind of universal in that sense that they can be misused.

Aiding the Enemy?

The MIT talk was the latest skirmish in a battle over Mannings legacyone that shows no sign of stopping.

One of the things we wanted to make sure was that it was about the substance of the conversation, we didnt want this to be just about snubbing Harvard, Ito explained in introducing one of the first public talks given by a figure who has been defined for seven years mostly by hostile, powerful officials.

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Contrary to Pompeos invective, a military judge in 2013 specifically acquitted Manning, then known as Bradley, of knowingly aiding the enemy. She was convicted of multiple counts of leaking classified information and received a 35-year sentence. After serving seven years, to include pre-trial detention, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January. She walked free from Fort Leavenworth in May after confinement so severeit included a yearlong stint in solitarythat a U.N. special rapporteur on torture called it a violation of her right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of [her] presumption of innocence.

Mannings deployment to Iraq and exposure to the material she leaked disillusioned her to the U.S. war effort. She said at her sentencing: It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

It was both a surprise and no surprise to see an institution [like] Harvard quake in their boots when Chelseas name is mentioned.

Eugene Jarecki

Pompeo and Morell made points frequently invoked by Mannings detractors, and not often carefully. In the wake of her disclosures publication by WikiLeaks in 2010, the then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff charged that the group might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family.

Yet an actual taxonomy of any harm resulting from Mannings leaks, something that might allow for a balanced assessment of what she did and the punishment she subsequently endured, is not a matter of public knowledge seven years after Mannings saga began. Detractors in the intelligence agencies say doing so would put more sources and methods at risk, compounding the damage; Manning supporters consider that too convenient, permitting overblown accusations against her to remain in perpetual circulation.

Mannings defense counsel in her military trial was not permitted to read a classified document assessing the impact of her leaks of thousands of tactical military reports and diplomatic cables.

But BuzzFeeds Jason Leopold obtained the document earlier this year after transparency litigation and wrote that the multi-agency task force found her leaks largely insignificant and did not cause any real harm to U.S. interests. The 2011-era document found the leaks had potential to serious[ly] damage intelligence sources, informants, and the Afghan population and would have their greatest likely effect on cooperative Afghans, Iraqis, and other foreign interlocutors.

Academics and human-rights groups have said that contacts with the U.S., revealed in the diplomatic cables, complicated their jobs and potentially placed them in danger in authoritarian countries. But there remains little certainty over whether those leaks actually led to someone suffering harm.

Evidence the leaks contained about greater civilian deaths and injuries than the Pentagon had disclosed, something Mannings defenders cite to demonstrate her leaks importance, could damage support for current operations in the region, the task force found, focusing more on the leaks than on the deaths they revealed.

That matched contemporaneous reporting, which found the Obama administrations claims about the damage Manning caused exaggerated. A congressional official briefed on the leaks impact in 2011 told Reuters they were embarrassing but not damaging.

An Historic Embarrassment for American Academia

In a confusing statement following the CIA pressure, Harvards Douglas Elmendorf called extending the fellowship to Manning a mistake. Elmendorf said the initial invitation to her was defensible but neglected the impact of the perceived honor that it implies to some people, which opened up Harvard to criticism for hypocrisy in honoring, among others, Sean Spicer, who repeatedly lied from the White House podium as President Trumps press secretary. As a consolation, Elmendorf offered Manning a one-day opportunity to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum. That isnt going to happen.

The filmmaker Eugene Jarecki told The Daily Beast that Harvards decision was an historic embarrassment for American academia.

Jarecki interviewed Manning at a public event on Nantucket shortly after Harvards about-face and pronounced himself impressed with her willingness to engage with hard questions.

Shes a remarkable human being who really is a walking concentration of several-hot button issues in American life, Jarecki said. It was both a surprise and no surprise, in a way, to see an institution such as Harvard quake in their boots when Chelseas name is mentioned.

Despite the CIA pressure and Harvards acquiescence to it, Manning indicated to The Daily Beast that political activism will be a feature of her unfolding life as a free woman.

In prison, she learned we are our own political agents, depending on one anothera message that seems to inform where shes going next.

Im trying to live my life, but I realize I cant go back to the life I was living before. I need to be with the people I care about, and we need to be with each other. Its not about meIm very concerned about the direction all of us are going in, she said.

I think its important people understand they have power. Nobody can give them power and give them rights, we need to assert that.

Out in the tech world, Manning said she got the sense engineers are expecting someone to tell them what to do with their innovations, rather than figuring out their social utility through dialogue with their neighbors.

The reality is people need to… have these conversations in our communities right now. We cant wait for someone to come up with a final product, idea, [or] solution, she said. Theres no roadmap to the future. We have to chart our own course.

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