What If I told you:
- That a successful academic, who built on his academic success by founding a university and making himself very rich indeed, was running for the Presidency of your country.
- That he was running second in voter intention polls with just three months to go before the vote.
- That suddenly people found out that his academic background was suspect, including an extremely strong case of plagiarism (we covered on IKN right here on January 27th) in his Master's degree.
- That further investigation found evidence of plagiarism in his original bachelor's degree.
- Then when it seemed it couldn't get any worse, he was found to have taken a academic-level book written by his university professor, changed the name of the author to his own, then passed it off as his own work for 15 years, including several new editions.
- But when faced with that latest charge of intellectual theft, he held a press conference to show, via a document he waved to the press corps but didn't let them see close-up, he had permission to co-author the book from his professor, something that the professor strenuously denies.
- And as cherry on top of the cake, when people started investigating the document used by the candidate as evidence he was in the right, they found that the professor's signature had been forged.