Right now, cries of "A-Ha!" by climate skeptics derive mainly from the impact of revelation of facts previously hidden from public view. But there is one group who knew these facts all along - the climate scientists who originally received these emails.
Even as the spectre of death threats was raised and cynically exploited – perhaps by the university, and by Nature and Guardian, the scientists kept mum. As skeptics said: "the debate may be heated up, but whatever the case, death threats are not acceptable", the scientists knew there were no threats of the sort, but yet kept their silence. They simply let faceless and anonymous members of the public – i.e., skeptics, be tarred.