State Department spokesperson resigns

PJ Crowley, assistant secretary of public affairs for the State Department, resigned after publicly criticizing the military treatment of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

PJ Crowley, assistant secretary of public affairs for the State Department, resigned after publicly criticizing the military treatment of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

He reportedly said in a small group presentation that Manning's treatment was "counterproductive and stupid." A blogger who attended the presentation reported Crowley's remarks, which were then picked up by outlets such as CBS's Political Hotsheet, Foreign Policy, and Salon.

Crowley resigned March 13, less than a week after making the remarks, and the State Department said deputy assistant secretary Michael Hammer will step into Crowley's role on an acting basis. 

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