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The Climategate affair originated in November 2009 when files were hacked or leaked from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and were published on the internet at various places. These files – especially the emails they contained – provide prima facie evidence of scientific malpractice by climate scientists who call themselves the ‘Team’. Several investigations of the affair have been initiated and two of these are concluded. The concluded investigations were by Penn State University (PSU) and the UK Parliament’s House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology. Both these investigations have mostly exonerated the Team. But the findings of these investigations have been widely excoriated as being a ‘whitewash’.