War College opens plagiarism probe of Sen. John Walsh


Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.). AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)

The United States Army War College is investigating evidence suggesting Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized a sizable portion of a paper he submitted in 2007.

"The Army War College initiated its own analysis of the paper and determined this morning that there was reasonable cause to refer the case to the U.S. Army War College Academic Review Board," the college said in a statement on it Web site Thursday.

The board will review evidence and decide whether Walsh plagiarized his work and recommend next steps. Walsh will be able to submit evidence in his defense.

The dean will review the board's report and advise the deputy commandant of possible consequences, including revoking graduate credentials. Walsh earned a master's degree in 2007.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that nearly all of what Walsh recommends at the end of his paper, “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy," comes from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document. Other parts of the paper appear to have been lifted from a 1998 essay from a Harvard scholar.

Walsh told the Associated Press that he was suffering from PTSD when he wrote his paper. He did not blame PTSD for his actions, but suggested it may have been a factor.

The Walsh campaign insists what Walsh did was "unintentional."

"Senator Walsh is in touch with the War College and will provide any information they request," said Walsh campaign spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua.

Walsh was appointed to the Senate in February. He is running for a full term against Rep. Steve Daines (R).

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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