In his Guardian article, Leo Hickman says
“Both Tattersall and a US-based climate sceptic blogger known as Jeff Id said they had received a “formal request” via the blogging platform WordPress from the US Department of Justice’s criminal division, dated 9 December, to preserve “all stored communications, records, and other evidence in your possession”"
This makes it sound like the U.S. DOJ is requiring Jeff and I to preserve records on our own computers. As can be see from the preservation notice I published online yesterday before Leo went to press, it is WordPress that has been asked to preserve logs, covering the date that the mysterious ‘foia’ placed a comment on each of our blogs.
I hope Leo has the decency to clarify this ambiguous passage in his article, because now that he has dragged my employers name into this, my job is on the line.
I am currently awaiting legal advice on how to obtain a copy of the affidavit made by the detective inspector from the Norfolk Constabulary to justify obtaining a warrant to seize my property.
When I have received that, I will know more as to the police reasoning for thinking they might find something on my laptops which would help them in their investigation of the copying of the CRU’s data two years ago.
Watch this space.
UPDATE 17-12-11 16.00GMT
My thanks to Leo Hickman, who has taken time on his weekend to get the Guardian editors to clarify the incorrect passage in his article and also to add a footnote explaining the change. The section now reads:
Both Tattersall and a US-based climate sceptic blogger known as Jeff Id said they had received a “formal notice” stating that their blogging platform WordPress.com had been asked by the US Department of Justice’s criminal division, dated 9 December, to preserve “all stored communications, records, and other evidence in your possession” related to their blogs as well as to Climate Audit, a climate sceptic blog run by a Canadian mining consultant called Steve McIntyre. All three blogs had received messages from “FOIA” last month pointing to the link hosting a second tranche of emails first taken from the UEA in 2009.
• This article was amended on the 16th and 17th December to clarify that the “formal notice” from the US Department of Justice’s criminal division asked WordPress.com to preserve information. The notice did not ask the bloggers themselves to do so.
And, I might add, nor would we be able to even if we wanted to. The servers are in California, not my house (or The Met’s computer crime forensics lab).
Minor quibbles apart this update has resolved the issue and we can lay this one to rest.