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Former Army soldier and convicted leaker Chelsea Manning hasn't exactly kept a low profile since being released early from prison, courtesy of former President Barrack Obama.

As part of its upcoming academic program, the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School announced Manning will be one of its visiting fellows:

Describing her as a “Washington D.C. based network security expert and former U.S. Army intelligence analyst,” the announcement reads:

“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.”

Manning heavily criticizes Republicans and the Trump administration, often calling the U.S. a “police state”:

When Bill Kristol — editor at large of the Weekly Standard and alumnus of Harvard — said he might skip this year's institute, Manning responded with a desire for former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who is also a visiting fellow, to also skip the upcoming year

Military.com reports Manning was convicted in 2013 for leaking more than 700,000 documents. She served seven years of a 35-year sentence before it was commuted by Obama.