Wow, there's some great entertainment going on in the UK right now. Here's the skinny on the climate angle to the phone hacking scandal.
Arrested former tabloid editor Neil Wallis is up to his neck in the hacking scandal and his association under contract with the top guys in the Metropolitain Police has brought about the resignations of the Commissioner and his number two John Yates, who ran the anti-terrorist squad. Steve McIntyre, the famous climate auditor got a call from the anti-terrorist squad after climategate broke, trying to find out if he had anything to do with the liberation of emails and data from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.
Before climategate broke, Steve M, in his ongoing efforts to get a list of the surface stations Phil Jones had used to construct the HadCRU global temperature series, asked his readers to make FOIA requests to the CRU, asking for copies of the confidentiality agreements they supposedly had in place with the countries which had supplied temperature data, and which had been used as the excuse for denying Steve's requests. I chose Cuba, Trinidad and Jamaica.
My FOIA request was denied on the grounds that the confidentiality agreements were themselves confidential, but despite not sharing their data with me, the UEA had no problem handing over my confidential info to the Norfolk police, who interviewed me as a potential suspect in the climategate hacking enquiry, which still hasn't reported, 18 months later.
Now it turns out that the UEA hired a PR firm to help them deal with the negative publicity the contents of the emails caused. Guess which PR guru they got. Yep, Neil Wallis, who was under contract at the time as a 'communications consultant' to assistant commissioner of the MET John Yates, who headed the anti-terrorist squad who called up Steve McIntyre.
More popcorn please.