Among the released e-mails was one from Jones asking a colleague to "delete any e-mails you may have had with Keith [Briffa] re [the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report]." To do an effective investigation, the university would have to have seized the computers he used (at least the ones owned and controlled by the university) before Jones had the chance to delete any more data or correspondence. I doubt that they have done that: such a seizure would be ungentlemanly. Consequently, their university investigation is unlikely to uncover anything that Jones doesn't want them to find.
Britain's University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.
The university says Phil Jones will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
The AP reports: