Chelsea Manning named visiting fellow at Harvard

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Transgender activist Chelsea Manning has been named as a visiting fellow at Harvard to make a speech about LGBT Former soldier Chelsea Manning is best known as the source of leaked documents that exposed alleged US war crimes, spending 7 years in prison. She came out as transgender in 2013. In one of his final acts as President, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Pvt Chelsea Manning and now she is going to speak about civil rights and liberties of LGBT people in front of Harvard students. Bill Delahunt, Acting Director at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, said: “Broadening the range and depth of opportunity for students to hear from and engage with experts, leaders and policy-shapers is a cornerstone of the Institute of Politics. We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media.” Manning’s bio on the Harvard website reads: “Chelsea E. Manning is a Washington D.C. based network security expert and former U.S. Army intelligence analyst. She speaks on the social, technological and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence through her op-ed columns for The Guardian and The New York Times. As a trans woman, she advocates for queer and transgender rights as @xychelsea on Twitter. Following her court martial conviction in 2013 for releasing confidential military and State Department documents, President Obama commuted her 35-year sentence, citing it as ‘disproportionate’ to the penalties faced by other whistleblowers. She served seven years in prison.”

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