What in God's name is going on at Virginia's
U.Va.'s dishonorable double standardI guarantee you UVa has backup files stored that contain all the email correspondence that Michael Mann ever generated while at the university. Guaranteed.
By Barbara Hollingsworth, Washington Examiner
University of Virginia students pledge not to lie, cheat or steal under the nation's oldest student-run honor system -- and to report any of their peers who do.
But U.Va. administrators apparently don't think they have an obligation to do the same. On April 23, university officials received a subpoena from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli requesting the e-mails of former U.Va. climatologist Michael Mann in an investigation into whether Mann fraudulently used manipulated climate data to apply for $500,000 worth of taxpayer-funded research grants.
On Dec. 13, 2009, Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, had requested the same information under Virginia's Freedom of Information Act.
On Dec. 17, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Carolyn Wood told Marshall: "The University does not have any e-mail data for Mr. Mann. When Mr. Mann moved to Penn State his U.Va. account was terminated and all data was later deleted."
Wait a minute. If Mann's e-mails were all deleted, why did U.Va. ask for-- and receive -- an extension to comply with Cuccinelli's subpoena? By happenstance, university officials also received another FOIA request on Dec. 17 regarding another former U.Va. climatologist -- Patrick Michaels, now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
But Michaels' correspondence was apparently not deleted after he left; Greenpeace is reportedly currently waiting for word on how much it will cost to duplicate his e-mail cache. So even though Mann and Michaels worked in the same department on the same floor and used the same computer server, U.Va. supposedly preserved one scientist's electronic trail -- and destroyed the other's. [link]
So this Carolyn Wood is either ignorant of standard I.T. protocol or she's lying through her teeth.
Or, worst case scenario, the university has indeed gone out of its way to destroy Michael Mann's email trail in order to shield him from fraud charges. Take your pick.
In any case, this does not reflect well on the university.
We the taxpayers - the owners of this cesspool, and employers of the likes of Carolyn Wood - should not put up with this.
Come clean or consider yourselves terminated. You toy with us at your risk.