PJ Crowley resigns over Bradley Manning remarks
WikiLeaks disclosure of classified
PJ Crowley, the official spokesman at the state department, has fallen on his sword after calling the treatment of Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the WikiLeaks files, "counterproductive and stupid".
The resignation followed
The remarks forced President Obama to address for the first time the issue of Manning's handling at
In a resignation letter,
In words that could cause further difficulty for Obama,
When Obama entered the White House, he made improving the global standing of the
In her letter, Hilary Clinton said that "with regret" she had accepted
The resignation means that the furore over Manning has reached inner circles of the Obama administration. Manning has been held in solitary confinement for the past 10 months. He is being subjected to a prevention of injury order, which sees him kept in his cell for 23 hours a day and stripped naked at night.
The maximum security regime he is under in
Commentators have pointed out the apparent double standards behind
Last week, Manning gave his own account of how he is being held, saying that it was harsh treatment designed to punish him even before he was put on trial. He said he was stripped naked every night after he made a sarcastic comment to guards about the absurdity of the regime he was under.
Manning has been charged with multiple counts relating to the leaking of thousands of secret US embassy cables, as well as videos and warlogs from
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