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Climate hacking claims 'far-fetched'

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The government's former chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, has alleged that the hacking of climate change emails was a tactical move by powerful "agencies" to disrupt the Copenhagen summit.

Emails between scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit suggested that some scientists were exaggerating data to steer conclusions about global warming in one direction.

Sir David made the comments on BBC's Newsnight. Cliff Saran, technology editor of Computer Weekly, analyses the allegations.

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