The Heartland Institute Sends Legal Notices to Publishers of Faked and Stolen Documents (2012-02-19). Anthony Watts thinks the Heartland Institute is kickin’ butt and takin’ names. They’re absolutely insisting that Desmogblog.com take down those embarrassing Heartland documents, some of which might be fake, and delete everything they said about them. Of course being staunch defenders of every individual’s right to exploit others, the Heartland Institute has to preface this with a hypocritical bit of spin:
“We realize this will be portrayed by some as a heavy-handed threat to free speech.”
“Stop talking about this!” seems like a weak position when the Heartland Institute was so quick to disseminate and interpret the actually stolen Climategate e-mails.
Here’s a comment at WUWT that calls a spade a spade:
Heartland still has a link to the illegally obtained “climategate” docs:
Although if you click the megaupload link, it’s been closed down by the feds for racketeering. Kind of says it all.
It’s funny how the Heartland Institute can consider things done by opponents despicable but perfectly understandable when done by themselves.
Anthony of course doesn’t even blink.
2012-02-20 update: Peter Gleick, at the Huffington Post, is the source of the Heartland Institute leak and asserts their authenticity.
2012-05-22 update: After much caterwauling by the Heartland Institute about forgeries and the shameful behavior of nasty warmists, the true conclusion can be drawn: “Peter Gleick cleared of forging documents in Heartland expose“