Originally Posted by TwinSwords
This is far too narrow a claim. The emails were used in an attempt to discredit all climate scientists and to support the view that the whole idea of climate change is a hoax.
I don't think the emails were used as you say. They first set of emails showed that at times Mann et al were more interested in the politics and appearances about climate change than the science. I suppose this isn't unusual in any human endeavor where there is money and reputation at stake.
The problem in the whole climate change debate came when everyone was informed that the science is settled. That was like waving a red cape in front of a bull.