PJ Crowley Stepping Down As State Department Spokesman Under White House Pressure

Denouncing the US military’s maltreatment of a prisoner is exactly the sort of thing you would expect would get a State Department spokesman fired, but in a just world this isn’t how things would be playing out:

P.J. Crowley is abruptly stepping down as State Department spokesman under pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case, CNN has learned from senior officials familiar with the matter.

Manning is alleged to have committed serious crimes. The correct response would be to put him on trial. To hold a person without trial in solitary confinement under degrading conditions is a perversion of justice.