Another whopping leak from the IPCC.
A substantial second leak, already nicknamed the Secret Santa leak, of further portions of the forthcoming IPCC AR5 has just occurred. There was a smaller leak of material last year, which was owned up to by the person who did it on their blog.
While everyone is no doubt considering how on Earth to work their way through a gigabyte of dense reading material, my first thoughts before plunging in myself is to wonder if the leaker is perhaps the same person or persons, commonly called FOIA, who leaked the original climategate material.
What caught my eye is the tradecraft used to deliver it. The data was sent to Donna Laframboise a week before Christmas on three USB memory sticks. Apart from a posting address, any forensics would be minimal, especially if Donna has done the usual post-Christmas clear out of all envelopes, wrapping paper, packaging etc etc. I hope you’ve done that Donna. Apart from the three sticks, the IT forensics would also be minimal, especially if any sticks in her possession were merely copies of the originals. I also hope those pictures on Donna’s blog are not of the original sticks.
If it is FOIA, why change their delivery method? Possibly it could be as a result of what happened in the aftermath of CG2, where links to the material were emailed to prominent bloggers around the world. One of them, who goes by the name of Tallbloke, had his home raided out of the blue by six policemen and some of his equipment temporarily confiscated. Not a nice experience for him and his family.
I can’t see anything similar happening to Donna, because, with all due respect to Tallbloke, she’s a professional journalist and writer as well as a blogger, not just a private person doing it as an interest. Getting any sort of search and seizure order from a judge on a journalist’s home would need some very concrete reasons.
If there’s one thing I’ve come to be sure about FOIA, is their determination. Having delivered CG1, they could have left it at that but instead, they once again put themselves in harm’s way by delivering CG2. They won’t be going away. The statute of limitations on any charges connected with the original climategate leak ran out last year. After that, they could have gone public to a heroes welcome in some quarters, and probably started working on a book deal and doing lunch with the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer for the film rights. They didn’t.
Why not? A speculative answer is that by staying quietly in place, they could continue to leak sensitive papers embarrassing to the climate alarmists. If only from grounds of access, I’ve always maintained that FOIA is someone highly placed in the climate establishment and I still do.
Has the climategate leaker just struck again?
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