P.J. Crowley, the State Department official who resigned after criticizing the treatment of alleged WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning, said Monday the department is undermining its “very legitimate” case against Manning. Crowley resigned March 13 after calling Manning’s treatment “stupid.” Crowley said he did not think the controversy over those remarks would “go as far as it did,” but said he had “no regrets.” Crowley stood behind the remarks Monday, and said he is a “believer in something like strategic narratives—that the U.S., as an exceptional country in the world, has to be seen as practicing what we preach.” Manning has been held in solitary confinement amid rumors that the Army private was forced to strip naked and was verbally harassed.
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