State Dept. Spokesman P.J. Crowley Resigns
Crowley called the treatment of Manning "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid," after reports that military jailers forced him to sleep naked for several days last week.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement Sunday that she accepted Crowley's resignation "with regret" and lauded his three decades of government service.
In his statement of resignation, Crowley said that his comments about Bradley's pre-trial detention "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."
Although he took "full responsibility" for his remarks, Crowley did not apologize for them in his statement.
Crowley added that his comments "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."
President Barack Obama responded to Crowley's remarks in a statement of his own on Friday.
"With respect to Private Manning, you know, I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards," he said, according to USA Today. "They assured me that they are. I can't go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning's safety as well."
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