The U.S. State Department spokesman who called the treatment of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning “stupid” has resigned from his post.

P.J. Crowley called Manning’s solitary confinement “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid” at a talk on new media and foreign policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. –JCL

The BBC:

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.

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