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The Joshua Boyle saga: an alternative view

By Phil Gurski      

Whatever happens to Joshua Boyle under the current charges, he has a lot of explaining to do.

OTTAWA—If there is one thing we’ve learned about Joshua Boyle it is that he is an odd duck. He apparently made more than 62,000 edits and contributions to Wikipedia over a 13-year span (if my math is correct that makes 15 edits a day) on subjects ranging from Nazis, to porn, to sex, to Star Wars. You might wonder if he did anything productive over that time period. In addition, he chose to marry Zaynab Khadr, a member of Canada’s No. 1 terrorism family and was at her side when she protested outside a Toronto courtroom over the arrest of the Toronto 18 (recall that some of them planned three truck bombs that would have killed and maimed thousands). He also elected to take his very pregnant wife Caitlin Coleman into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in late 2012 where they were captured and held by a terrorist group for five years before their release last fall.

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