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Ex-State Department spokesman has ‘no regrets’ for defending Manning

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The former U.S. State Department spokesman who criticized the military’s treatment of Bradley Manning may have lost his job, but he’s not backing down.

Manning is the Army private accused of handing over secret U.S. State Department cables to WikiLeaks.

“I thought the treatment of Bradley Manning was undermining what I considered to be a very legitimate prosecution of an individual who has profoundly affected US national security,” P.J. Crowley told BBC News in his first remarks since he was forced to resign.

“Quite honestly I didn’t necessarily think the controversy would go as far as it did but I don’t regret saying what I said,” he said.

Crowley added that it had been appropriate for him to step down because his remarks put President Barack Obama in a “difficult position.”

While still the top spokesman for the State Department, he had said that it was “counterproductive and stupid” for Manning to be held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

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Several days later, Crowley acknowledged his remarks and submitted his resignation.

“The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values,” he said in a statement at the time. “Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation.”

Manning attorney David Coombs had revealed only days before that for at least two nights in row, the Army private had been “stripped naked” for as long as seven hours at a time.

In a March 11 press conference, the president told reporters that the Pentagon had assured him that Manning’s treatment was appropriate.

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Elected on a promise of a more transparent government, Obama has taken “unprecedented” aim at leakers who divulge classified information to journalists, according to critics.

“We’ve seen the current president bringing five prosecutions so far… against people for whistleblowing, for leaks of classified information,” said Daniel Ellsberg, famous for his 1971 leak of the “Pentagon Papers,” which helped turn the tide of public opinion against the Vietnam War.

“All previous presidents put together brought three prosecutions… We see a campaign here against whistleblowing that is highly unprecedented in legal terms.”

— With AFP

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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