Defense Dept. Will Oversee Inquiry Into Senator’s Alleged Plagiarism

The Department of Defense will oversee the U.S. Army War College’s investigation into apparent plagiarism by Sen. John E. Walsh of Montana. The plagiarism, in a thesis the Democratic senator wrote while completing a master’s degree at the college, was revealed last week by The New York Times.

The college will still conduct the inquiry, but the Defense Department will decide if punishment is warranted. The college’s provost said such oversight was unusual.

HELENA – A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana. The Carlisle, Pennsylvania, college began the investigation after a New York Times story showed Walsh used others’ work without attribution in a 2007 research paper required for a master’s degree.

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