A PhD student in the US has revealed that she had to remove a;; references to WikiLeaks in her dissertation due to fears that she would be prosecuted and imprisoned for including them. Cynthia McKinney, who has since earned her PhD from Antioch University on the subject of leadership, warns that it could set a dangerous precedent.

McKinney, a former US Representative and Green Party politician, had originally used many of the same WikiLeaks documents in her dissertation that US journalist Barrett Brown had allegedly shared on his site Project PM. Brown, who was sentenced this year to 63 months in federal prison in relation to the 2012 Stratfor email leak, faced up to 45 years in prison for linking to the WikiLeaks data.

According to McKinney, the WikiLeaks references in her dissertation caused the librarian at Antioch University to “completely, totally freak”. In a recent video posted to YouTube, McKinney recalled: “She said, ‘they’re going to subpoena me and it’s just going to be a world of problems. I’m going to have to turn over all of my documents.’

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