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Days After Criticizing Manning Treatment, Crowley Out as State Department Spokesman

I didn’t even consider this level of cynicism.

RT @JohnBranchCNN: BREAKING: PJ Crowley out as Clinton Spokesman #CNN confirms

So just days after expressing his opinion that the treatment of Bradley Manning was “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid,” he’s out. I don’t think you need a weather map to know which way the wind blows on this one.

Not a whole lot to say here. The Administration has a policy that Bradley Manning is being treated acceptably, and any deviation from that belief across the government will not be tolerated.

I’m looking forward to seeing who gets the first interview with Crowley. I hope they don’t end their questioning at Bradley Manning and tease out his views on a host of national security issues.

UPDATE: In case there was any questions that these two stories were unrelated, here’s Jake Tapper, who actually asked Obama about the Crowley comments at Friday’s WH press conference:

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned Sunday, under pressure to step down from the White House […]

While some White House officials knew of Crowley’s comments, White House chief of staff Bill Daley learned of them when ABC News asked that question of the president. Daley told White House officials of Crowley, “he’s done.” Manning was arrested in May 2010 after telling a former hacker that he had given documents to WikiLeaks. Earlier this month the Army filed 22 new counts against him including aiding the enemy, theft of public property or records, computer fraud, transmitting information in violation of the Espionage Act.

One feature of the White House since the Plouffe/Daley regime has come in has been rigid discipline.

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