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Tinker, tailor, soldier, climatologist at UEA?

Posted on timeDecember 13th, 2009 by userPali Gap    flagNo Comments


Following “climategate”, times are hard for the University of East Anglia (UEA) and their Climate Research Unit (CRU).

But should they be “spinning” quite so hard? After all as the old wisdom goes: “when in a hole, stop digging!“.

In the Sunday Telegraph today Robert Mendick reports that a “source close to CRU” is saying:

“One option is a mole was placed inside the university to leak emails to deliberately discredit the work being done at the CRU” (my emphasis).

A mole “was placed“?

This brings to mind John Le Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy“, so wonderfully dramatised on the box all those years ago. Ian Richardson played Bill Hayden, the “sleeper” right at the heart of British secret intelligence – the “circus”.

Does CRU have its own “Bill Hayden”? How long has the mole been a sleeper? How was the mole recruited? By the KGB at Cambridge? Or maybe by ExxonMobil?

Or should we conclude that UEA are trying just a little bit too hard to distract from their scientific embarassment by conjuring up such sinister scenarios?

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