This weekend it emerged that the [CRU] has thrown away much of the data. Tucked away on its website is this statement: "Data storage availability in the 1980s meant that we were not able to keep the multiple sources for some [foreign measurement station] sites ... We, therefore, do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (ie, quality controlled and homogenised) data."Reports the Times of London breathlessly.
If true, it is extraordinary.
Needless to say, the nut-right has gone bananas, and inferred that because the CRU didn't store all data, then all data no longer exists.
In fact the raw data is all over the internets, among other places.
eta: Even Andrew Sullivan managed to sniff it out.