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    Conspiracy Theories

    Did Russia Engineer Climate-gate?

    Should climate-change activists fight conspiracy theories with a conspiracy theory of their own? Here’s one: Did the Russian secret service engineer the computer hack that produced emails that deniers claim show scientists fudging climate data? The leaked emails originally appeared on a server in the Siberian city of Tomsk, which the Russian secret service has praised before for its hacks of anti-Russian voices. Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the vice chairman of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, is suspicious: "It's very common for hackers in Russia to be paid for their services. It's a carefully made selection of emails and documents that's not random. This is 13 years of data, and it's not a job of amateurs." The Independent theorizes, “if it was indeed the [secret service] behind the leak, it could be part of a ploy to delay negotiations or win further concessions for Moscow.”