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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Clinton spokesman P.J. Crowley resigns after criticizing conditions of Bradley Manning's detention

By Matt DeLong

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned Sunday, just days after publicly criticizing the detention conditions of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. Crowley's departure was first reported by CNN.

During an event Thursday in Cambridge, Mass., Crowley called the treatment of Manning, whom military jailers forced to sleep naked for several days last week, "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."

Asked about Crowley's remarks at a news conference Friday, President Obama said he "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 assured me that they are."

Crowley confirmed in a statement Sunday that he has submitted his resignation and "takes full responsibility" for his statements. He also said that "The exercise of power in today's challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values."

Clinton said in a statement that she accepted Crowley's resignation "with regret" and praised his "deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy." Former National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer, who recently transitioned to the State Department, will replace Crowley.

By Matt DeLong  | March 13, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Cabinet, Cast of Characters, Hillary Rodham Clinton, National Security, White House  
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