Ex-Dept. of State spokesman to teach at Penn State

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 5:19 PM
Ex-Dept. of State spokesman to teach at Penn State

A former U.S. State Department spokesman who quit after criticizing the military's treatment of an Army private accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks has accepted a position at Penn State's law school.

P.J. Crowley's one-year appointment as the Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership begins Aug. 1. It's a joint post with Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War College.

The law school said Tuesday that Crowley's teaching and research will focus on national security, public diplomacy and the media's effect on policy and politics.

Crowley quit as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief spokesman after calling the military's handling of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at a brig "ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid."

President Barack Obama later called Manning's detention appropriate.

A defense lawyer has said Manning's treatment was substandard.