Clinton Spokesman Resigns After WikiLeaks Flap

State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley has stepped down.

He resigned Sunday after calling the military treatment of Army private Bradley Manning quote "ridiculous and stupid".

The following department statement is attributed to the office of the spokesman: "Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation" to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  In a separate statement released simultaneously, Clinton said she had accepted the resignation "with regret."

Manning is accused of leaking classified information to whistleblowing website Wikileaks.

He is being held in solitary confinement for all but an hour every day, and is stripped naked each night and given a suicide-proof smock to wear to bed. His lawyer calls the treatment degrading. Amnesty International says the treatment may violate Manning's human rights.