Sunday, December 06, 2009


Is this report from Britain's Daily Mail accurate? I have no idea:

Suspicions were growing last night that Russian security services were behind the leaking of the notorious British 'Climategate' emails which threaten to undermine tomorrow's Copenhagen global warming summit.

An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has discovered that the explosive hacked emails from the University of East Anglia were leaked via a small web server in the formerly closed city of Tomsk in Siberia....

Russia -- one of the world's largest producers and users of oil and gas -- has a vested interest in opposing sweeping new agreements to cut emissions....

Computer hackers in Tomsk have been used in the past by the Russian secret service (FSB) to shut websites which promote views disliked by Moscow....

Tomsk is both an energy city and an academic city. The theory makes some sense.

But I bring this up because I'm struck by the irony: the same right-wingers who attack the Obama administration for what they see as an unholy and fascistic merging of big business and government -- and who sneer at the Obama White House's "czars" -- are now dancing with glee at an act of espionage that may be real corporate-fascist criminality, from a country that actually has merged government, business and thuggery (the country, as it turns out, that was the home to the czars).

Hey, teabaggers -- if the Russians did this, they didn't do it because they love liberty or democracy or truth. If these are your heroes, you're welcome to them.

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