MIT Spy Talk Gets PJ Crowley Canned

State Department Spokesman PJ Crowley has been forced out by the White House for complaining about the treatment in custody of the soldier who passed those classified communiques to WikiLeaks.

Manning was forced to sleep naked for several days under military rules intended to keep maximum-security prisoners who may be suicidal from injuring themselves. Manning's lawyers say he also had been made to stand at attention naked, and that there was no justification for his treatment in custody.

P.J. Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs, told a group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last Thursday that the Pentagon's treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning was "ridiculous and stupid and counterproductive." His comments were made public by a blogger who attended the session.