We covered ABC's headline from June 4 2011: Death threats sent to top climate scientists in the following post: Death threats a beat up
Report in today's Australian Newspaper confirms early suspicions: Climate scientists' claims of email death threats go up in smoke
"CLAIMS that some of Australia's leading climate change scientists were subjected to death threats as part of a vicious and unrelenting email campaign have been debunked by the Privacy Commissioner."
How long will it take ABC to provide an update?
Congratulations to Simon Turnill for persisting with an FOI request that lifted the covers on these exaggerated claims. Congratulations also to the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim who according to The Australian "was called in to adjudicate on a Freedom of Information application in relation to Fairfax and ABC reports last June alleging that Australian National University climate change researchers were facing the ongoing campaign and had been moved to "more secure buildings" following explicit threats.
In a six-page ruling made last week, Mr Pilgrim found that 10 of 11 documents, all emails, "do not contain threats to kill" and the other "could be regarded as intimidating and at its highest perhaps alluding to a threat".