CIA Director Mike Pompeo declines speech at Harvard after Chelsea Manning named visiting fellow


CIA Director Mike Pompeo declined an invitation to speak at Harvard University, following the announcement that Harvard University named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow.

[A]fter much deliberation in the wake of Harvard’s announcement of American traitor Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics, my conscience and duty to the men and women at the Central Intelligence Agency will not permit me to betray their trust by appearing to support Harvard’s decision with my appearance at tonight’s event,” Pompeo wrote in a letter Thursday. Pompeo was scheduled to discuss Russian interference in the 2016 election, the nuclear standoff with North Korea, and other issues at the school on Thursday.

“Indeed, Ms. Manning stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for,” Pompeo wrote. “Let me be clear, it has nothing to do with Ms. Manning’s identity as a transgender person. It has everything to do with her identity as a traitor to the United States of America and my loyalty to the officers at the CIA.” – READ MORE

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