UPDATE: For more extensive information see:
This is Heartland's web site about the Gleick / DeSmogBlog / Fakegate scandal:
This is a 57-page slide presentation (with some redactions) produced by Heartland's legal counsel,
Jones Day. It is entitled, "Criminal Referral of Dr. Peter H. Gleick Talking Points."
It was presented to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and asked that
Gleick be prosecuted for his crimes. The U.S. Attorney, a Democrat, did not prosecute Gleick:
Nov. 22, 2011: "AGU's new task force on scientific ethics and integrity begins work," by Peter Gleick (chairman) and Randy Townsend:
Feb. 14, 2012, DeSmogBlog releases the documents, the stolen ones and the fake one, under the headline, "Heartland Insider Exposes Institute's Budget and Strategy."
Hundreds of other outlets picked up the story.
To this day, more than five years later, DeSmogBlog still pretends that the forgery is genuine:
(Also: Google search for stories mentioning "Heartland" over the subsequent week.)
On Feb. 16, 2012 Mosher recognized Gleick as the probable forger, which led to his identification as the source of the documents:
On Feb. 20, 2012 Ross Kaminsky wrote in The American Spectator about his suspicion that Gleick was the forger:
Feb. 20, 2012 (and updated w/ formatting changes only, the next day): Gleick's attempt at damage-control, in Huffington Post — he confessed to stealing the documents, but not to the forgery:
AGU's Feb. 21, 2012 announcement that Gleick had resigned:
Feb. 21, 2012: The Atlantic had a pretty good article on Gleick's crimes, though they didn't mention DeSmogBlog's role:
Feb. 22, 2012: NPR All Things Considered soft-peddles Gleick's crimes:
AGU on Feb. 27, 2012: "We Must Remain Committed to Scientific Integrity" — while whitewashing Gleick's crimes:
Dec. 5, 2012: AGU honors Gleick with an invited speaking engagement at AGU12:
Feb. 8, 2013: National Geographic rewards Gleick for his crimes with a new blog at their ScienceBlogs subsidiary:
Feb. 2017: Federal five-year statute of limitations expires, with the Democrat U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon refusing to bring charges against Gleick for his crimes.
More detailed timeline information can be found here: