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Former CIA chief leaves Harvard after Manning named fellow

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Mike Morell (AP File Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Mike Morell (AP File Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former top CIA official has abruptly resigned as a senior fellow at Harvard University over the school's decision to hire Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of leaking classified information.

Mike Morell, former deputy director and acting director of the CIA, sent a resignation letter Thursday to the dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Morell, who was a non-resident senior fellow, says he cannot be part of an organization that "honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information." He says leaking classified information is "disgraceful."

Manning has been invited to be a visiting fellow at the Kennedy school's Institute of Politics.

She is a transgender woman who was convicted in 2013 of leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents. Her sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama.

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