"Hacked Climate Emails: Police Seize Computers at West Yorkshire Home"

"Police officers investigating the theft of thousands of private emails between climate scientists from a University of East Anglia server in 2009 have seized computer equipment belonging to a web content editor based at the University of Leeds.

On Wednesday, detectives from Norfolk Constabulary entered the home of Roger Tattersall, who writes a climate sceptic blog under the pseudonym TallBloke, and took away two laptops and a broadband router. A police spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday that Norfolk Constabulary had 'executed a search warrant in West Yorkshire and seized computers'. She added: 'No one was arrested. Investigations into the [UEA] data breach and publication [online of emails] continues. This is one line of enquiry in a Norfolk constabulary investigation which started in 2009.'

Tattersall posted his own account of the police search on his blog: 'An Englishman's home is his castle they say. Not when six detectives from the Metropolitan police, the Norfolk constabulary and the computer crime division arrive on your doorstep with a warrant to search it though … They ended up settling for two laptops and an ADSL broadband router … I got the feeling something was on the go last night when WordPress [the internet host for his blog] forwarded a notice from the US Department of Justice.'"

Leo Hickman reports for the Guardian December 15, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"Climate Change Email Hacking To Be Looked Into By University of East Anglia" (Guardian)

"Police Seize Computers in Connection With Climategate Hacking" (Grist)

"More Climategate Patter" (Green/NYT)

"Are Police About to Bust "Climategate" Perps?" (Mother Jones)

Friday, December 16, 2011