On December 4th, the BBC ran a story titled “Colleague defends ClimateGate professor” with a side-bar headed “CLIMATEGATE TIMELINE” reading:
19 Nov - Rumours appear on blogs that a hacker had obtained emails from CRU computers
20 Nov - UEA confirms emails and documents from CRU had appeared illegally on the internet”.
For brief, relevant background to the BBC’s role in the affair, note that their own Paul Hudson, who addresses “climate” issues, has acknowledged having had the material as of October 12, 2009, but sat on it. On that day the writer who admits to having received the information posted an …