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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gestures as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sheriff David Clarke denied reports saying he plagiarized parts of his master's thesis


UPDATE 3:38 p.m. EST: 

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke denies reports that he plagiarized parts of his master's thesis on homeland Security. 

"Only someone with a political agenda would say this is plagiarism," Clarke wrote in an email to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Although Clarke announced Wednesday that he's been appointed to serve as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, the agency tweeted noting that appointments are only official when announced by the secretary. 

Original Story

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reportedly plagiarized sections of his master's thesis for the Naval Postgraduate School from the ACLU and the 9/11 Commission Report, reports CNN.

There are at least 47 instances in Clarke's thesis where he failed to properly attribute pieces of the writing.  

At least of the 10 instances of plagiarism come from the American Civil Liberties Union. 

“Federal authorities are happy to reap the benefits of working with the fusion centers without officially taking ownership,” wrote the ACLU in a 2007 report. 

Clarke wrote the exact same sentence, only omitting the word "the."  

Clarke graduated from the U.S. Navy's Monterey, Calif., school in September after secretly working on his education degree for 18 months. Clarke spent several weeks of the program in California, 1,800 miles away from the position to which he was elected. 

Shortly after Clarke's plagiarism was reported, the Naval Postgraduate School removed the report from its online collection. 

Clarke responded to the story on Twitter. 

Some online are a little surprised at one of the targets of Clarke's plagiarism. 

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