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Chelsea Boots

Private Bradley Manning, the strange semi-Welshman the 4 million U.S. bureaucrats with security clearances let snaffle all their secrets, is now a female called Private Chelsea Manning. Same soldier, different privates.*

Jailing Manning and hounding Snowden is a complete waste of time unless you also do something about the system that allowed these guys access to everything. Manning appears to have been a lonely and troubled individual all his life, and obviously vulnerable to sympathetic pitches from wily opportunists like Assange. Why didn’t his superiors see that? That’s the real scandal. I wish young Chelsea well in his/her makeover; maybe the “intelligence community” could use one of its own.

(*Eventually.)

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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