Speculation turns to who disseminated the Climategate emails

The so-called “Climategate” emails somehow liberated from the digital vaults of the University of East Anglia not long ago have predictably—by design, you say?—turned ideological football, one that threatens to to hinder international climate change talks now going on in Copenhagen. We know all that. What we don’t know is who unleashed the emails in the first place—and how. “Speculation over just how the 3,500-odd documents came to be publicly released is growing anew,” writes Keith Johnson on the Wall Street Journal’s Environmental Capital blog. “A top IPCC official recently blamed ‘malicious hackers’ and pointed toward Russia. The idea of Russian ‘hackers for hire’ is gaining traction in some parts of the British press.” But Johnson goes on to note that, while the documents were placed on a Russian server sometime mid last month, they also appeared on a Turkish server. Nobody’s business but the Turks, maybe, but no smoking gun there. Or anywhere. In fact, the simplest explanation, Johnson suggests, quoting the blogger Watts Up With That, is a leak from inside the university—”not because of some hacker but because of a leak from UEA by a person with scruples.”

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