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State Dept. Spokesman P.J. Crowley Resigns Over Controversial Comments

P.J. Crowley, the State Department’s spokesman, resigned in connection with controversial comments he made regarding how Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of leaking cables to Wikileaks, was being treated while in custody. When asked recently about allegations that Manning is being held under abusive conditions, Crowley called Manning’s treatment “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”

Crowley confirmed in a statement:

“The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime under U.S. law . . . My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership. . . . The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values. . . . Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Spokesman for the Department of State.”

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