Police have targeted at least four climate bloggers in threecountries, with constabulary taking computers and networking equipment from ascience blogger in the UK.
Roger Tattersall, aka "Tallbloke", a DigitalContent Manager at the University of Leeds, posted that six police officersidentifying themselves as being from Norfolk Police and the Metropolitan forceentered his home at midnight and took away two laptops and a router.
Norfolk Constabulary told us in a written statement that"Norfolk Constabulary executed a search warrant yesterday (Wednesday 14December) in West Yorkshire and seized computers. No one was arrested. This isone line of enquiry in a Norfolk Constabulary investigation which started in2009."
That's a reference to the "Climategate"investigation by Norfolk police into the release of emails, raw data andcomputer code from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia,which two years on has yet to yield any results. A second batch of emails fromthe CRU including a large encrypted container was distributed last month.Amongst the recipients were Tattersall and Jeff Id of the Air Vent.
Norfolk Police told Tattersall they will clone the seizeddrives and return them.
Last week WordPress hosting site Automatic, based in SanFrancisco, notified several climate sceptics including Tattersall, Id andCanadians Steve McIntyre (Climate Audit) and Donna Laframboise (No Consensus)that the US Department of Justice Criminal Division had requested evidence forthe period in November when the second batch of emails were uploaded.