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US State Department Spokesman Steps Down Over Pentagon Remark

P.J. Crowley (file photo)

P.J. Crowley (file photo)

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has resigned over remarks criticizing the Pentagon for its treatment of a man accused of leaking classified information to the Wikileaks website.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in a statement Sunday that she had accepted Crowley's resignation. Crowley said in the same statement that he takes full responsibility for his remarks.

Crowley told a small audience at a university on Thursday that the Defense Department's treatment of former intelligence analyst Bradley Manning is "ridiculous" and "counterproductive."

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said he has been assured Manning's treatment is "appropriate."

Manning, who is accused of giving classified information to Wikileaks, has been held in detention since July at Quantico military base, outside Washington, D.C.