“A highly sophisticated hacking operation that led to the leaking of hundreds of emails from the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia was probably carried out by a foreign intelligence agency, according to the Government’s former chief scientist,” reports Steve Connor, Science Editor for the The Independent.

In an article published by today, Connor speaks with Sir David King, who previously worked as chief scientific adviser 2000 to 2007, for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Sir King states that “the hacking and selective leaking of the unit’s emails, going back 13 years, bore all the hallmarks of a coordinated intelligence operation – especially given their release just before the Copenhagen climate conference in December”.

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