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txradioguy
03-13-2011, 12:46 PM
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Washington (CNN) - P.J. Crowley is abruptly stepping down as State Department spokesman under pressure from the White House, according to senior officials familiar with the matter, because of controversial comments he made about the Bradley Manning case.
Crowley will step down as early as Sunday afternoon, the officials said, because White House officials are furious about his suggestion that the Obama administration is mistreating Manning, the Army private who is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico, Virginia, under suspicion that he leaked highly classified State Department cables to the website Wikileaks.

Speaking to a small group at MIT last week, Crowley was asked about allegations that Manning is being tortured and kicked up a firestorm by answering that what is being done to Manning by Defense Department officials "is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/13/state-departments-p-j-crowley-stepping-down/

Odysseus
03-13-2011, 04:20 PM
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/03/13/t1larg.pj-crowley.t1larg.jpgSpeaking to a small group at MIT last week, Crowley was asked about allegations that Manning is being tortured and kicked up a firestorm by answering that what is being done to Manning by Defense Department officials "is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/13/state-departments-p-j-crowley-stepping-down/

I don't see why the White House is angry. Most Obama appointees are probably more sympathetic to Manning than they are to the military. Meanwhile, an interim spokesman has been found who will have more credibility. Mohammed Sad al-Sahaf has a long history of making bizarre anti-American screeds seem credible to like-minded journalists:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s27Oq5ot0ZI

Note, Baghdad Bob should not be confused with former White House spokesdolt Beltway Bob Gibbs.