You have sought to make an example of Bradley Manning with categorical condemnation and harsh punishment. You seem not to grasp that he has indeed become an example -- an inspiring example of stellar courage and idealism
When we heard that P.J. Crowley had resigned as spokesman for the State Department after criticizing the Pentagon's treatment of suspected whistleblower Army private Bradley Manning, my CODEPINK colleagues and I knew we had to respond.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was forced to resign for his frank comments about the treatment of Bradley Manning. The question is, why would the administration do something so "ridiculous, counterproductive, and stupid"?
It's ironic that PJ Crowley went to MIT to talk about the power of new media on foreign policy issues only to find that a blog posting of his remarks ended his career as America's top foreign policy spokesman.
When Clinton asked the Egyptian government not to crack down on protests and not to disrupt social networking sites, no possible consequence was suggested if they did. When the U.S. really wants something, it suggests consequences.