After new leak, climatologist takes case to public

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LONDON (AP) — The British climatologist ensnared in a new email leak has taken his case to the press, arguing that he and his colleagues’ comments have again been taken out of context.

Phil Jones, the director of research at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, was a major player in the controversy that erupted two years ago over the publication of emails that caught prominent scientists stonewalling skeptics and attacking opponents in vitriolic terms.

A new leak that appeared Tuesday has threatened to cause similar embarrassment ahead of climate change talks in South Africa. Jones and his university met journalists to try to defuse any negative press.

Jones said Wednesday the emails were again being “cherry-picked” and explained away many of the messages.

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