Times Gets it Wrong on ClimateGate
E-mails alleged to undermine climate change science were held back for weeks after being stolen so that their release would cause maximum damage to the Copenhagen climate conference, according to a source close to the investigation of the theft....The e-mails, which were sent over a 15-year period ending on November 12, first appeared on websites run by sceptics on November 20.
According to Gavin Schmidt of RealClimate, "At around 6.20am (EST) Nov 17th, somebody hacked into the RC server from an IP address associated with a computer somewhere in Turkey, disabled access from the legitimate users, and uploaded a file FOIA.zip to our server." A link to the file on the RealClimate server was posted from a Russian IP address to the Climate Audit blog at 7.24 am (EST) with the comment "A miracle just happened". On 19 November the files were uploaded to a Russian server before being copied to numerous locations across the Internet...the stolen material was first publicised on 19 November on The Air Vent, a "climate-sceptic" blog.
Bishop Hill had it on the 19th but then he wasn't down the pub on Friday night - even I managed my first post at 5:50 am on Saturday 20th. If you are writing a story on the date of a release, getting that date right would seem to be a good starting point.
(The Times is very keen on exactitude when it comes to reporting climate stories..)