He sent his journal to his friend. His spelling was bad in that, too. He, according to his friend, had a learning disability. He certainly had a spelling disability.
I suppose for the Left his journal will become this year’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
Usually spelling errors make sense and you can see how the person arrived at them. This guy is not stupid and “learning disability” is rather broad. Lack of ability to spell words correctly is not a sign of low intelligence it usually is a sign of low memorization skills. I would not assume someone had a learning disability because they had trouble spelling certain words.
Most of the time if someone has no idea how to spell a word they will sound it out or they will use simple words they already have known for example “s-i-t” spells sit which is pretty darn basic. So the guy cannot sound out “sit” in “situation” but he can figure out the “shun” sound is spelled “tion”? It just struck me as odd and as a way for him to get a message to his parents which he did not want his “captors” to read.