He was nominated by President Obama as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in 2009. He served as Assistant Secretary and Spokesman at the Department of State until March 2011, when he resigned after criticizing the detention conditions of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning. He had been the primary government interlocutor with media regarding the release of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.
During the Clinton administration, Crowley was Special Assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
Colonel Crowley spent 26 years in the Air Force – including two years stationed at Pease Air Force Base– and retired at the rank of colonel in 1999. A native of Massachusetts, Crowley is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
Keynote Address; Moderated Q&A and Discussion