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Guardian on Gleick - "He is the hero and Heartland remains the villain."

Climate scientist Peter Gleick admits he leaked Heartland Institute documents | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Gleick's admission was seen by some as crossing a new line in the increasingly vitriolic debate between scientists, campaigners, businesses and politicians who want action on climate change and a small but well-funded group of those who deny the existence of man-made climate change.

Some were dismayed the revelations. Others suggested that Heartland had got what it deserved – given its support for efforts to discredit science.

"Heartland has been subverting well-understood science for years," wrote Scott Mandia, co-founder of the climate science rapid response team. "They also subvert the education of our school children by trying to ;'teach the controversy' where none exists."

He went on: "Peter Gleick, a scientist who is also a journalist just used the same tricks that any investigative reporter uses to uncover the truth. He is the hero and Heartland remains the villain. He will have many people lining up to support him."

Does that defence remind anyone else of that other fearless investigative reporter Johann Hari?

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As with David Leigh and phone-hacking, we all know the Grauniad is so high-principled that it does not need to follow the rules of mere mortals

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