“Climategate” to be BBC Drama

June 9, 2021

Mother Jones:

In hindsight, the Climategate hack, clearly timed to disrupt the Copenhagen negotiations, looks like a precursor to the hack that helped shape the outcome of the 2016 election. That’s how John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman whose stolen emails were posted on WikiLeaks in the final weeks of the campaign, sees it. The parallels go beyond the hacks themselves. “I think it was the intentionality of influencing the public debate,” he says.

“Climategate”, the 2009 email hack, to me, and a lot of other well placed observers, appears to have been a warm up for the e-mail fiasco perpetrated by Russia in the 2016 election attack.

It’s part of history now, and with the sad benefit of hindsight, we can see that it worked to prevent meaningful climate action for a decade.
BBC may now make it a drama – the villains now crystal clear, suspect this won’t be the last cinema take we’ll see.

Eastern Daily Press (UK):

The UEA ‘Climategate’ computer hacking scandal is set to be made into a BBC thriller partly filmed in Norfolk. 

The Trick will tell the story of how Professor Philip Jones, director of climate research at the University of East Anglia, found himself at the eye of an international media storm after leaked emails which suggested climate change researchers had exaggerated claims about the severity of global warming.

Hackers stole thousands of emails and documents in 2009 putting Norfolk at the heart of a global scientific scandal.

It led to Norwich scientists receiving death threats and one of the most rigorous scrutiny processes in UK academic history that ultimately found the research to be watertight.

The new film will chart the unjustified persecution of Prof Jones, to be played by Line of Duty and The Crown star Jason Watkins, and the fierce support as he fights to exonerate himself of his wife Ruth, to be played by Victoria Hamilton.

The cast also includes George MacKay, Jerome Flynn, Adrian Edmondson, Aneirin Hughes, Tara Divina and David Calder.

My third in the “Hack Attack” series is apparently now viewable only on YouTube, here.

If that doesn’t work, try this.

9 Responses to ““Climategate” to be BBC Drama”

  1. Jim Hunt Says:

    Hi Peter,

    I’ve been Tweeting madly all day after this story broke this morning (UTC).

    McIntyre and all the usual UK suspects are piling in, not surprisingly.

    Perhaps this one best summarises the “conspiracy” theory of COP history?

  2. neilrieck Says:

    I know some block-heads that refuse to believe that Aggregate-IQ (and Facebook) had any effect on the BREXIT referendum

    or that Cambridge-Analytica (and Facebook) had any effect on the 2016 presidential election.

    So would they believe this BBC drama? Probably not. But the sharp knives are already coming out for COP26 in Glasgow.

    comment: did anyone else notice that NASA just posted these CO2 numbers: 419 ppm

    • grindupbaker Says:

      The trend per NOAA is ~216.1 ppmv CO2 at May 2021. It’s important on a Web Log site like this that prides itself on describing the science properly and (quite properly) derides the nonsense of the opposition per this posting and video links to do the science properly and show the present trend value in order to removed the annual cycle “noise” rather than cherry picking near the start of the Spring green-up.

  3. Gingerbaker Says:

    This sh*t is all due to the Internet.

    What we are seeing is the manipulation and empowerment of stupid people (by definition, one half of the population). The activation of the left-hand section of the Bell curve. The invigoration of the “B” Ark.

    Before the internet, stupid people were isolated, aimless. Now with a single click they enjoy the camaraderie of the clueless and have political power equal to the informed intelligentsia.

    It truly is the rise of the Idiocracy. They seem to be winning. Perhaps we need to jettison democracy before it is too late.

    We also *need to take stupidity into account*, for the stupid now vote in high numbers, hence Republicans. For example, it is a very very stupid thing for Democrats to talk about gun control when they do not have comfortable majorities in Congress. It’s not like there are not a million other things to talk about.

    And if the Republicans can manipulate the stupid, maybe the Democrats should look into the strategy. Like, really effing hard.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Well said, GB. The Idiocracy HAS been empowered by the internet, and it may be too late to do anything about it.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      I think the Idiocracy trend started with Jerry Springer and “reality TV”. While I love that Oprah got a lot of people to start reading books, she also promoted a lot of woo and general anti-intellectualism (The Secret, the medium John of God, and the horrible huckster Dr. Oz).

      The Internet accelerated it by allowing people to “pool their ignorance” and to forward the disinformation to similarly-gullible friends.

  4. J4Zonian Says:

    Looking at the 3rd video (7:01) makes me wonder if this guy

    went to school in South Dakota.


    Of course the insanidiocy is compound, in that he’s asking the question of a forest service official. OMG! Everyone knows the US Forest Service is not responsible for the moon’s orbit, only its forests!

    Stupidity and insanity are communicable conditions, and are communicated any number of ways. As the same video reminds us exactly a minute later, the Medieval era in Europe was a time of unparalleled ignorance—often malevolent, frequently violent. I was also reminded of stupidity both Medieval and timeless by one of my favorite books, From the Jaws of Victory: A History of Military Incompetence from Crassus to Westmoreland. Charles Fair, 1975, out of print. I’ve been rereading the book for parallels between various ages’ conditions and our rulers’ particular species of mental disabilities, but Alas! I left it in a Lyft today, distracted from my beat up old copy by novelty (AFAICR, first time I’ve been in a car for more than 2 years) and a conversation with the driver about his hybrid and the state of clean safe renewable energy.

    Quite a bit of malignant Medieval obliviousness had to do with the millennium, which as we know was a milestone completely idiosyncratic to the culture, with no actual significance except psychological. Just like the 2nd millennium, from which we still seem to be suffering, thanks to denial and manipulation from the likes of the law firm of Wolfram and Hart.

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