[ed. note - CM1] Originally posted 2010-03-30 20:31:14 -0400. Bumping to get this a few more views.
On the much cited phrases in the leaked e-mails—“trick” and “hiding the decline”—the Committee considers that they were colloquial terms used in private e-mails and the balance of evidence is that they were not part of a systematic attempt to mislead. Insofar as the Committee was able to consider accusations of dishonesty against CRU, the Committee considers that there is no case to answer.
Remember that the controversy over Climategate was timed perfectly to disrupt and divide the members meeting during the Copenhagen conference.