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U.S. Army War College Kicks Off Walsh Investigation

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Today the U.S. Army War college kicks off its official investigation into the plagiarism allegations against Senator John Walsh.

The allegations stem from a New York Times report that claims Walsh had plagiarized a large portion of his master's thesis in 2007.

A spokesperson from the college said that no information is being released until the investigation is complete.

"Frankly, it's cheating," says Franke Wilmer, political science professor at Montana State University. "It's dishonest. It's stealing someone else's ideas and it's lying about them being your own."

For that reason the democrat says she thinks Walsh was right to pull out of the race.

"When we talk about public leadership I think we do and should hold people to a higher standard when they're in a position of community and public leadership."

The thesis Walsh had written back in 2007 was a requirement for his master's degree at the U.S. War College. Shortly after the allegations came out, Walsh said during that time, he was not in the best frame of mind. He claimed he was suffering from post traumatic stress, stemming from his involvement in Iraq and from the loss of his fellow servicemen who took their own life.

Editor and best-selling author Tracie Peterson has worked on both sides of publishing, both the writing and the reviewing. She says she's seen what deadlines and stress has done to writers.

"I've seen people have their breaking point and seen reasons for why they crossed the line but I don't think it's acceptable and I think in cases like this the situation is harmful to both sides."

The New York Times alleges Walsh has pulled, word for word, about two pages worth of a Harvard scholar's work.

It's an allegation that has already cost him an election and could now cost him his advanced degree.


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