"The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I'm dismayed and deeply shaken by them.
Yes, the messages were obtained illegally. Yes, all of us say things in emails that would be excruciating if made public. Yes, some of the comments have been taken out of context. But there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request.
Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed."
Wow. Have the scales fallen from his eyes? Not quite. He then goes into a bizarre, laboured parody of the Protocols of Zion, to bolster up his faith, on the basis that, as he has seen no evidence of a conspiracy along such lines, all is well. Climate Gate only damages "the credibility of three or four scientists," he spins. But George, these are the very highest of priests in your cult! The CRU is your Vatican, and Phil Jones is your Pope!