The IPCC seems happy, for the moment, to point the finger of blame at the FSB – not the Federation of Small Businesses, although I suppose they could be involved somewhere along the line, but the Russian secret service. This has an agreeably sinister ring to it. The FSB has used cyber-sabotage before, it is argued, the leaked emails emanated from the distant city of Tomsk and Russia is one of the countries in the world which, in the short term at least, would benefit greatly from a quick blast of global warming. (Can you picture Ivan Denisovich in Bermuda shorts, rubbing on the Ambre Solaire?) That’s the thesis, anyway. The FSB, for its part, has confirmed that the emails emanated from a server in Tomsk but strenuously denies having done the hacking. But then it would, wouldn’t it?
More interestingly, while the FSB has denied direct involvement, it says that it does have some interesting information about the Tomsk business which it is not prepared to release to the press unless people keep blaming Russia for the whole shebang. So the logical thing, I suppose, is to keep blaming Russia. For those of us who want to know, anyway.