A group of mostly MIT-affiliated academics and others have written an an open letter to Hillary Clinton showing disappointment at the resignation of State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley following his critical remarks about the Pentagon at an MIT event. Crowley resigned yesterday after saying on Thursday at a seminar that the Pentagon’s treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Private First Class Bradley Manning -- who is being held in solitary confinement and stripped naked and made to wear a suicide-proof smock each night -- is "stupid" and "counterproductive."
The letter expresses disappointment at Crowley’s resignation and champions the open discussion that fostered the exchange of opinion. “If public officials are made to fear expressing their truthful opinions,” the group writes, “we have laid the groundwork for ineffective, dishonest, and unresponsive governance.”
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