has made an excellent catch. When Bradley Manning was caught with a computer full of classified (but not Top Secret) cables, they threw the book at him. Hell, they threw a bookmobile
So why didn't they do the same to Robert McFarlane
, the former national security adviser to Ronald Reagan? McFarlane was found with a whole buncha Top Secret -- not just classified: Top Secret
-- documents about Sudan
. And sure, the feds are investigating him -- but only to find out if he has been lobbying on behalf of the Sudanese government.
Why didn't McFarlane get the Manning treatment?
My fellow oldsters may recall that McFarlane was deeply involved with Iran Contra. He tried to commit suicide. His testimony was so bizarre -- so slow and soporific -- that many people wondered if he had been given drugs.
The same double standard applied then. Nobody tried to indict anyone on the Reagan team for the basic crime of selling arms to the Iranian government. At the time, anyone else helping the Iranians would have gone to the pokey.