Remember those hacked emails from the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia? Parts of the media yelled for the top of their lungs that this "proved" climate change was all a hoax.
The Independent Climate Change Email Review just reported:
"We find that CRU was not in a position to withhold access to such data or tamper with it," it says.
"We demonstrated that any independent researcher can download station data directly from primary sources and undertake their own temperature trend analysis".
Writing computer code to process the data "took less than two days and produced results similar to other independent analyses. No information from CRU was needed to do this".
In other words, the researchers at East Anglia didn't lie and couldn't have lied if they'd wanted to.