The police in Norfolk, England, announced on Wednesday that they have ended their investigation into the theft of a bunch of emails from climate scientists at the Climate Research Centre at the University of East Anglia in 2009—with no actual conclusion. That means we might never know who was behind what led to Climategate, an ongoing smear campaign against climate science and scientists.
The Norfolk Constabulary said in a statement that it is approaching the statutory deadline on criminal proceedings in the United Kingdom and has not determined who took more than a thousand emails from a server in November 2009 and posted them on the internet. All that they have been able to determine, the police said, is that it was a "sophisticated and carefully orchestrated attack on the CRU's data files, carried out remotely via the internet." They also said that the thief used "methods common in unlawful internet activity to obstruct enquiries."
In the statement, Detective Chief Superintendant Julian Gregory, the senior investigating officer in the case, said:
Despite detailed and comprehensive enquiries, supported by experts in this field, the complex nature of this investigation means that we do ...