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Senator John Walsh Says Plagiarism “Not Intentional,” PTSD Not Related to Mistake

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Montana Senator John Walsh has come forward to talk about the accusations leveled at him by the New York Times concerning plagiarism in the Master’s thesis he wrote nearly seven years ago while attending the U.S. Army War College.

On Friday, July 25,  Walsh spoke with Chris Griffin from Townsquare Media affiliate 1440 KMMS AM in Bozeman.

Listen to full John Walsh Interview with Chris Griffin

When asked about the plagiarism, Walsh claimed that it was all unintentional:

“I cited 96 citations in that 14 page document. I cited some of them incorrectly and I left some of the citations off, it was not intentional… it was an unintentional mistake. That’s all I can say about it and that’s what I will continue to say. I did not try to deceive anybody at all.”

Walsh also tried to distance himself from earlier reports in the Associated Press where he reportedly said, “I don’t want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a factor. . . . My head was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment.”

Walsh told Griffin:

“I am in no way, no way, tying what I did to any type of PTSD. That had nothing to do with the mistake that I made. People are trying to say that I, that I may have said that, if that was the rep… the thought of that… that is not at all, in any way, what I meant or said.”



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