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The Hockey Stick and the Climate WarsDispatches from the Front Lines$
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Michael Mann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152556

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152556.001.0001

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Climategate: The Real Story

Climategate: The Real Story

(p.207) Chapter 14 Climategate: The Real Story
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Michael E. Mann

Columbia University Press

This chapter takes a look at the real story behind the so-called climategate. On November 17, 2009, a hacker operating via an anonymous server located in Turkey, uploaded a large file, FOIA.zip, to the RealClimate site. The title was a thinly veiled allusion to the barrage of frivolous and vexatious Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands issued against the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in the months preceding. The hacker released a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents via e-mail. This chapter discusses the allegations and disinformation campaign launched by climate change deniers based on the CRU hacking incident and how climategate became a vehicle for a more widespread and sustained smear campaign against climate science and climate scientists, including the author.

Keywords:   climategate, climate science, climate change, hacker, RealClimate, Freedom of Information Act, University of East Anglia, Climatic Research Unit, disinformation, hacking

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