Montana senator’s thesis appears to be plagiarized

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HELENA, Montana (AP) – Montana Sen. John Walsh’s thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4.

The New York Times first reported the apparent plagiarism in Walsh’s 2007 thesis, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy.” Walsh submitted the paper in pursuit of a Master of Strategic Studies degree.

Walsh’s thesis appears to borrow heavily from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Paper written in 2002. One paragraph from the Carnegie paper that offers advice on how to promote democracy in the Middle East is copied verbatim into Walsh’s thesis.

Walsh says he was being treated for PTSD when he used unattributed work in thesis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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