Well, I won't write a lot about those messages or what they indicate, or even about the morals concerning a break in to retrieve material that should have been openly accessible a lot earlier. There are pros and cons to both sides and it wasn't certainly a morally clean deed. But they are out here now and there are several sites that already commented like:
A search engine for the emails
But there is one thing I find spectacular, the reaction of Mr. Jones and some at realclimate. I especially find their excuses to be pathetic. F.e. they were caught discussing "Mike's Nature trick" and they defended themselves by stating that trick refers not to something secretive but a certain routine or puzzle-solving capacity. This would be realistic and believable, if the sentence wouldn't end with:
"to hide the decline."
If you write this, it becomes secretive. And sometimes their answeres are really disturbing in scientific terms (and in humane demeanor). Here it's in regard of the death of John Daly a man who set is life on uncovering superstitious nonesense or incredible scamming on subjects that "behave" like science:
“In an odd way this is cheering news.”
How can this be cheering news? Daly wasn't a Hitler or someone who killed people or made their lives a living hell. This guy only questioned folk wisdom and sometimes shoddy science. And this is a problem or a thing that is to be ended in the eyes of those scientists... Disgusting