I find it hard to believe that Schmidt seriously believes that climate scientists have reacted to suspicion by saying "take a look". The pages of Climate Audit are replete with one incident after another, where climate scientists have taken precisely the opposite attitude.
That includes the present case. The sane resolution of the present FOI request would have been for East Anglia to just send me the data, even if they felt that they didn't "have" to. The best way to remove suspicion would have been to say: "Here, Steve, take a look". If Schmidt thinks that that's what CRU has done in this case, then he's the one in tin foil country.