P.J. Crowley Resigns As State Department Spokesman

The below intern blog is a commentary on the resignation of the State Department
Spokesperson based on the article that can be found below the commentary.
In speaking to individuals at M.I.T., Crowley was reported stating that the Department
of Defense’ treatment of Bradley Manning was “ridiculous and counterproductive and
stupid”– clarifying that he was, in fact, on the record with this statement. A few days
after making his honest statement at M.I.T., “Crowley came under pressure from the
Obama administration to step down in the wake of making controversial comments
about the Pentagon’s treatment of Army private Bradley Manning, who is currently
detained over suspicion he was complicit in leaking classified government documents
to WikiLeaks.” In his resignation statement, Crowley stated 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.” Even though the pentagon has ensured the President that the detainment of Army private Bradley Manning is appropriate, it appears as though State Department Spokesperson Crowley was forced to resign for simply speaking the truth.  This makes me wonder: Who is designated to speak for the individuals that are mistreated by the government? Who is designated to speak on behalf of the underrepresented groups that are held under custody in today’s correctional facilities? In the comment made at M.I.T. Cro wley stated that there is sometimes a need for secrets, but this forced resignation reveals the consequences when an individual speaks out on such secrets.

P.J. Crowley Resigns As State Department Spokesman

P.J. Crowley resigned as spokesman for the State Department Sunday. According to CNN, Crowleycame under pressure from the Obama administration to step down in the wake of makingcontroversial comments about the Pentagon’s treatment of Army private Bradley Manning, who is currently detained over suspicion he was complicit in leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks.

“It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation of Philip J. Crowley as assistant secretary of state for public affairs,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement Sunday. “P.J. has served our nation with distinction for more than three decades, in uniform and as a civilian. His service to country is motivated by a deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy, and I wish him the very best.”

Crowley issued a statement of his own on his departure Sunday.

“The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime under U.S. law,” he said. “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,” Crowley said. “The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values.”

Blogger Philippa Thomas relayed what Crowley had to say about the matter to a small audience at M.I.T. last week. He characterized the way in which the Pentagon has handled Manning’s detainment as “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” He also said, “None the less Bradley Manning is in the right place.”

Shortly after the remarks came to light, Crowley confirmed to Foreign Policy‘s Josh Rogin that the quotes accurately reflected what he had said.

Last Friday, President Barack Obama shared a different take on the treatment of Manning, whosecivilian lawyer “has said his client’s clothing is being taken each night because of sarcastic comments he had made about using underwear to commit suicide.”

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