Acht maanden na climategate is het nog steeds niet duidelijk of het om een hacker of klokkenluider gaat. Andy Revkin vernam van diverse betrokken wetenschappers dat ze ondervraagd waren door de Britse politie, maar die wil verder nog geen mededelingen doen over de zaak:
Norfolk Constabulary continues its investigations into the alleged criminal offences in relation to the data breach at the University of East Anglia. During the enquiry officers have been working with various specialist organizations. The U.E.A. also continues to co-operate with our enquiries. However, this is a major investigation which involves detailed enquiries which are still being followed up. It would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage.
Tom Wigley van NCAR weet het antwoord echter al:
Yes, I have been in touch with the Norwich police. They contacted me and asked a bunch of questions. So there IS awareness that the hacking was a crime. But … who did it? What can anyone do if there are no clues?
Second, by now the cops should have figured out that this *was* a crime. They investigated the “in house” aspect at length as far as I can see, and have had plenty of time to figure out whether this “deliberate leak” option was supported by any evidence. So … no comment on this is pretty deplorable. One problem is that this crime is way outside their areas of expertise. They needed expert advice on hacking. Whether they sought this I do not know, but my contacts with them give me no evidence that they did…