Wikileaks row: US spokesman Crowley quits over gaffe

Posted: March 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

If Mr. Obama thinks that the pre-trial torture of a prisoner of conscience is “appropriate,” maybe he had better go back and read some of the law he taught at U. Chicago.

And when one of his spokespersons dares tell the truth, he’s handed his head.  That’s your “transparency and accountability” president’s policies in action.

As detailed previously in this space, the torture to which Manning has been subjected is not justified either in circumstance or in law, and the fact that Obama is covering for it makes him guilty of human rights abuses.  Not that that’s anything new.

Scott

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Wikileaks row: US spokesman Crowley quits over gaffe

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12728315

US state department spokesman PJ Crowley has resigned after calling the treatment of the man accused of leaking secret cables to Wikileaks “stupid”.

“Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation,” Mr Crowley said.

He made the remarks about Bradley Manning to an academic audience.

Private Manning is being held in solitary confinement at a maximum security US military jail.

He is shackled at all times and has been on suicide watch at the Quantico marine base in Virginia.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she accepted Mr Crowley’s resignation “with regret”.

She said he had served his nation “with distinction”, “motivated by a deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy”.
‘Ridiculous’

Mr Crowley was speaking to an audience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about new media and foreign policy when he made the controversial remarks.

He was asked by a participant about the “the elephant in the room” – Wikileaks – and, in the questioner’s words, “torturing a prisoner in a military brig”.

Mr Crowley said he believed Mr Manning’s treatment was “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid”.

He said his comments were on the record, though he later added that they were his own opinion.

President Barack Obama later insisted he had received assurances that the terms of Pte Manning’s confinement were “appropriate”.

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