When the Sarah Palin emails – from her time as Alaska’s governor – were released on 10 June there was a media frenzy. And – much to the horror of many of our readers – the Guardian was right in the thick of it. It dispatched three journalists and a scanner to Juneau, the state capital, where they began mining the 13,000 emails (running to more than 24,000 printed pages) released following US freedom of information requests.
In 2009, they were against FOIA and disclosure of incriminating East-Anglia E-mails.
The alleged emails illustrate the persistent pressure some climatologists have been under from sceptics in recent years. There have been repeated calls, including Freedom of Information requests, for the Climate Research Unit to make public a confidential dataset of land and sea temperature recordings that is “value added” by the unit before being used by the Met Office. The emails show the frustration some climatologists have had at having to operate under such intense, often politically motivated, scrutiny.