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Nov 21, 2009 12:22 PM by Associated Press

Hackers use UK school's e-mails in climate debate

A British university says computer hackers have broken into its world-renowned climate change research department and posted the contents of e-mails and research on the Internet.

The University of East Anglia said in a statement Saturday that it has asked police to investigate the theft of information related to its Climatic Research Unit. It says it cannot confirm that all the information posted online is genuine.

Some bloggers have said the information shows that climate change scientists are overstating the case for global warming. The unit's director, Phil Jones, has confirmed the authenticity of one of his e-mails being cited by bloggers. But he denies that his use of the word "trick" shows that he had manipulated statistics to prove climate change.

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