The reason why even the Guardian's George Monbiot has expressed total shock and dismay at the picture revealed by the documents is that their authors are not just any old bunch of academics. Their importance cannot be overestimated, What we are looking at here is the small group of scientists who have for years been more influential in driving the worldwide alarm over global warming than any others, not least through the role they play at the heart of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). . . .Update: Not that this will surprise anyone who reads the thing, but the Denver Post has said not a word about C-gate except for a typically clueless Eugene Robinson syndicated column today ("The purloined e-mail correspondence published by skeptics last week — portraying some leading climate researchers as petty, vindictive and tremendously eager to make their data fit accepted theories — does not prove that global warming is a fraud.").
Update II: Look upon this blog; and, upon this. One has had three (count 'em) posts on Climategate; the other (by rough count) almost 60. Strange.