27 Jan 2010 British Government Declares Climategate University Guilty of Freedom of Information Act Violation
Climategate news update: The Times of London reports the British government has determined “the University of East Anglia breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to comply with requests for data concerning claims by its scientists that man-made emissions were causing global warming.”
The British government’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will not prosecute, however, because a statute of limitations requires that a complaint be filed within six months of the violation for prosecution to take place.
The government has nonetheless gone on the record that a violation occurred, which should give pause to anyone who believes the scientists involved weren’t trying to hide anything.
The Times reports that the ICO is now seeking to have the statute of limitations aspect of the law changed so that prosecutions can take place in the future, should similar situations emerge.
Addendum: Iain Murray has more on The Corner.