Massive Weenie Resigns From Harvard Job Because He Can’t Stand Chelsea Manning
Michael Morell, the former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, announced on Thursday that he was resigning from a fellowship at Harvard because he couldn’t stand the thought of the school also offering an unrelated fellowship to Chelsea Manning.
This is where we tell you that this is all nonsense. Although it’s a frequently-used line of attack, the federal government has never publicly provided proof that Manning’s leaks—which were used by the most prestigious news outlets in the world and revealed, among other things, that civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan were far higher than previously known—caused the deaths of any Americans.
Interestingly, there’s been loads of evidence that the CIA’s programs of indiscriminate drone strikes and brutal torture—both of which Morell has publicly and enthusiastically supported—caused a great deal of death and despair to people. But Manning is the immoral one.
Manning’s 35-year sentence was a punishment so severe that, when Barack Obama commuted it, he said it was without “historical precedent.”