It seems the hacker/inside leaker responsible for the two previous leaks of Emails from the CRU (Climate Research Unit in East Anglia England), which revealed a certain casualness with the truth and ethics on the part of prominent climate researchers around the globe, has made what may be his/her final release. A cryptographic key to a file containing all 220,000 emails has been sent to a number of prominent climate skeptic, including Anthony Watts, along with a letter that provides a bit of the leaker's perspectives and motives.
If the letter is to be believed, the "culprit" (who calls himself Mr. FOIA) would indeed appear to be an insider at CRU, and was dismayed and disillusioned by the conduct of the climate community and their impact on the future:
The first glimpses I got behind the scenes did little to garner my trust in the state of climate science — on the contrary. I found myself in front of a choice that just might have a global impact.He is releasing the key to selected people that he hope can deal fairly with the 220,000 emails, which he has not been able to sort through by himself:
Briefly put, when I had to balance the interests of my own safety, privacy\career of a few scientists, and the well-being of billions of people living in the coming several decades, the first two weren’t the decisive concern.
To get the remaining scientifically (or otherwise) relevant emails out, I ask you to pass this on to any motivated and responsible individuals who could volunteer some time to sift through the material for eventual release.Since the "cream" of the material was probably already released in Climate Gates 1 and 2, the material may be a lot of work to sort through for very little gain.
Filtering\redacting personally sensitive emails doesn’t require special expertise.
I’m not entirely comfortable sending the password around unsolicited, but haven’t got better ideas at the moment. If you feel this makes you seemingly “complicit” in a way you don’t like, don’t take action.
I don’t expect these remaining emails to hold big surprises. Yet it’s possible that the most important pieces are among them. Nobody on the planet has held the archive in plaintext since CG2.Finally, he highlights one chain of emails from the heap concerning the reviews of a paper which tends to contradict Dr. Michael Mann's Medieval Warm Period-free hockey stick with a few interesting tid bits:
That’s right; no conspiracy, no paid hackers, no Big Oil. The Republicans didn’t plot this. USA politics is alien to me, neither am I from the UK. There is life outside the Anglo-American sphere.
1) Didn’t see a justification for use of tree-rings and not using ice cores — the obvious one is that ice cores are no good — see Jones et al, 1998.Grab the popcorn! It's going to be amusing.
2) No justification for regional reconstructions rather than what Mann et al did (I don’t think we can say we didn’t do Mann et al because we think it is crap!).