The global warming denialists have predictably gotten very excited about the emails that were stolen from CRU, declaring that they prove that there’s a big climate scientist conspiracy (presumably to install a COMMUNIST WORLD GOVERNMENT). We don’t know whether or not the thief altered the emails, but since there isn’t really anything incriminating it’s likely that they are all genuine.
Most of the fuss has been generated by taking emails out of context and bad faith interpretations of what was written. If you’re interested in the gory details the RealClimate comment thread addresses most of them, while John Cook explains what Phil Jones meant by “Mike’s Nature trick”.
But the best take on the whole affair is this: Newtongate: the final nail in the coffin of Renaissance and Enlightenment ‘thinking’