Russian Hackers Blow the Lid Off Global Climate Conspiracy???
It is too early to say whether the Russian government sponsored the recent hacking of University of East Anglia Hadley CRU (Climatic Research Unit) computers or not. Regardless, 156 megabytes of files and sensitive emails between world-renowned, influential climate scientists were spilled onto the internet recently via a Russian server. The repercussions from the "liberation" of these emails have just begun to clang around the world's networks of networks.
The files have been confirmed to be authentic.Much more fascinating and juicy information regarding these emails at Lubos' website linked above.
Since the very beginning, no clear errors had been found and your humble correspondent would have bet that the files had been authentic. Why? Well, it's just pretty difficult to type 156 MB of stuff that looks so legitimate. (See the end of this article for Jones' confirmation of authenticity.)
...The 7-MB "mail" subfolder contains 1073 TXT files with e-mails and it is the main focus of most people who want to look. ;-) There are lots of e-mails in between Briffa, Mann, Revkin, Singer, Peiser, and many other people you know. Before you read the e-mail messages, I recommend you to merge all the TXT files into one TXT file, e.g. by the DOS command "type *.* > ..\hademail.txt" launched in the "mail" directory.
There are many things to love about these e-mails. For example, the word "funded" appears roughly 66 times over there. Stepan Shiyatov instructs his colleagues about the optimal ways to commit tax evasion:
...The e-mails are full of Phil Jones' and other tricks how to circumvent the FOIA legislation: search for "FOIA".
Read it. (The book on the left is the NIPCC report: recommended.) The conclusion looks pretty clear. These people should be put in jail as soon as possible. You know, these are not just small tricks in an academic discussion. These people have acquired millions if not billions of taxpayers' money by methods that seem to be provably fraudulent.
You know, I was a bit skeptical in the morning - about the hints that this is a big story. But let me admit that right now I feel a little bit like at the beginning of the Velvet Revolution 20 years ago, after the students were beaten and a big change was in the air. _LUBOS
Besides confirming Al Fin's suspicions of the modus operandi of the climate grifters -- intentionally misleading with their research and intimidating science publishers into rejecting "not PC" research -- Al Fin hackers and computer scientists were most interested in who was behind the crafty hacking and release of these sensitive materials.
Russian hackers are almost certainly responsible, but were the hackers given backing by the Putin government? The Russians have never expressed much confidence in the carbon hysteria orthodoxy that has blustered its way to control of most of the climate science establishment. Russia is not crazy about Kyoto, Copenhagen, or any other IPCC inspired attempts to create energy starvation in the developed world.
So did the Russian government use its "human resources" in order to get in position to extract these embarassing files? There is more than a hint of that old KGB style of espionage in how smoothly the information was distributed to interested parties in Europe, North America, Australia, and elsewhere. Who was the mastermind?
It really doesn't matter very much, except when wondering whether any other computer systems are being targeted for similar treatment. The information that was released from CRU computers now has a life of its own. I suspect the damage done to the reputations of several "formerly esteemed" climate scientists will be immense.
Information changes things. Perhaps someone should let the Obama / Pelosi reich in on that secret.
Labels: Climate Grifters