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State Dept Spokesman PJ Crowley Resigns After Criticizing Pentagon About Manning

State Dept Spokesman PJ Crowley Resigns After Criticizing Pentagon About Manning

P.J. Crowley has resigned from his position as chief spokesman of the State Department. A few days ago, Crowley, a retired Air Force colonel, had publicly criticized the Pentagon over the treatment of Bradley Manning, the soldier who is accused of passing thousands of classified documents to the whistleblower website Wikileaks.

According to Politico, Crowley ‘had been on the outs with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and rarely accompanied her on her travels abroad.’

When asked by ABC’s Jack Tapper about Crowley’s remarks, Obama said:

“With respect to Private Manning, 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. They assure me that they are,” Obama said. “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.”

When Tapper pressed the president further, Obama replied tersely, “I think I gave you an answer to the substantive issue.”

Noting that his comments about Manning were his ‘”personal opinion,”‘ Crowley made no apology for his remarks in a public statement released on Sunday: 


  1. 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.


Michael Hammer, President Barack Obama’s NSC spokesman, is the likely replacement for Crowley; Hammer had been sent to State earlier this year.

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3:06AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

I agree with many of the comments here. In these times I often think of the quote "what we've condemned, we have become". President Obama, just another puppet. No different than Bush. Same business, just a different face.

2:28PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

Bradley Manning is a man of conscience, who put his beliefs before his personal welfare. Many commentators seem to be forgetting that one of the first charges against him was leaking the footage of an American air crew gunning down and callously killing civilians, including children in Iraq, and laughing while they were doing so. They are not being charged while Bradley Manning is ...

10:03AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

The government of the US is hypocritical. It complains about human rights abuse in other countries but ignores our own. It abhors graft and corruption in doing business with other countries. But has legalized it here under the guise of lobbying. It spys on everyone and reacts to the extreme when exposed. It has laws protecting whistle blowers but puts one of it's own naked into solitary confinement bound. HYPOCRISY!!!!!

9:04AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

TRUTH and TRANSPARENCY - I beleive that was the banner he ran under and I voted for. Sorry to say - Obama and Clinton have turned out to be just another pair of politician without spines!

5:50AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

We need to start by impeaching them all. They are the problems of our world!

10:56PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Nic F. said it best. Most of this stuff shouldn't have been classified in the first place. Manning is guilty of embarrassing our government by exposing records that should have been open information from the start. As an Obama supporter, I am ashamed of our President's response to this abuse of a whistleblower.

8:36PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

My comment did not register? Was it politically incorrect?

8:19PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Manning is a scapegoat.. anyone remember Mi Lai?

7:44PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

This whole business, about SECRETS, is most distressing. Realizing that, some secrets must be kept for security reasons, I'm fearful that far too many policies are kept secret, just because 'THEY CAN'.

_Lying_ has become such a habit, that denial is all we hear.
How could politicians, actually, wonder why our citizens, have no faith in them?

If our country resorts to tactics with prisoners, for which we condemn other countries, we should be ashamed.
Anyone, who approves of shameful treatment of prisoners, should not pretend to call themselves Christian. They are phonies.

6:18PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Well PJ screwed up and told the truth about the Government.

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