A veteran Democratic lawmaker criticized the Obama administration on Tuesday for ousting the State Department's top spokesman over the weekend.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) called it "outrageous" that P.J. Crowley, the former spokesman, was leaving, and said President Obama should "fix" the situation.
Blumenauer tweeted Tuedsay:
Outrageous -PJ Crowley leaving State Department for saying the truth about treatment of Bradley Manning. Obama needs to fix this.
Crowley submitted his resignation over the weekend after comments of his criticizing the administration's handling of the suspect in the WikiLeaks case became public.
Crowley echoed what some liberal activists and lawmakers have said publicly about the government's treatment of Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of leaking classified government documents to the website WikiLeaks, which released them to the public.
Manning has been held in a prison while he awaits trial, during which there has been little public access allowed to him and allegations have swirled about the treatment he's faced.
"What is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of Defense," Crowley said of the government's treatment of Manning last week during a public forum at MIT.