|Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) defends PJ Crowley|
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"Outrageous -PJ Crowley leaving State Department for saying the truth about treatment of Bradley Manning. Obama needs to fix this."
State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley resigned after the assistant secretary of state for public affairs, said WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning was being "mistreated" at the Marine Corps Base brig in Quantico, Virginia. "What is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of defense,"
Mr Crowley's remark came in response to a question last week during a public forum at MIT.
STATEMENT BY PHILIP J. CROWLEY
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 discrete 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.
RESOURCES: Resignation of Philip J. Crowley as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs