06 Dec 2009
Thousands of emails, from the University of East Anglia's Climatic
Research Unit (CRU) were first published on a small server in the city
of Tomsk in Siberia.
So-called 'patriot hackers' from Tomsk have been used in the past by the
Russian secret service, the FSB, to attack websites disliked by the
Kremlin, such as the "denial of service" campaign launched against the
Kavkaz-Tsentr website, over its reports about the war in Chechnya, in
Russia, a major oil exporter, may be trying to undermine calls to reduce
carbon emissions ahead of the Copenhagen summit on global warming. The
CRU emails included remarks which some claim show scientists had
manipulated the figures to make them fit the theory that humans are
causing global warming.
Achim Steiner, the director of the United Nations Environment Programme,
said the theft of emails from CRU, which is a world-renowned centre for
climate research, had similarities with the Watergate scandal which
brought down US President Richard Nixon.
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