State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley is resigning from his position under pressure from White House officials, CNN reports
. Earlier this week, Crowley described
the United States' treatment
of soldier and WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning as "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." Manning is being held in solitary confinement in a maximum security military jail in Virginia; his reported conditions are such that the U.N. has launched an investigation into whether or not they constitute torture.