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Obama's state department spokesman resigns

The move follows comments criticising the treatment of Bradley Manning.

US President Barack Obama's official spokesman at the state department, PJ Crowley, is the first member of the administration to resign.

The decision came after Crowley publically criticised the treatment of the apparent source of the recent Wikileaks information, Bradley Manning, who recently claimed he is subjected to harsh treatment, including 23 hours a day of solitary confinement, and being stripped naked every night.

He claimed that though he agreed the leaking of classified information is a crime, the treatment of Manning compromised the laws and values of the United States, and their global reputation as a leading liberal democracy.

Obama himself responded that he had been assured by the Pentagon that the way Manning is being treated is appropriate.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.