In any case, there is no evidence that Jones actually deleted any e-mails. Nor is there any evidence of any impropriety in his e-mails
Tom Nelson: Email 1897, Dec 2008: After Phil Jones admits deleting material, UEA's FOI officer David Palmer writes: "Phil, you must be very careful about deleting material, more particularly when you delete it"
One of the climate scientists affected by the email releases has spoken out today. Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia has been repeatedly hassled over claims that he deleted emails relating to freedom of information requests from climate sceptics. This morning, he again admitted deleting many emails, but said – as he has said many times before – that this was part of routine clear-outs of his inbox.
With the earlier FOI requests re David Holland, I wasted a part of a day deleting numerous emails and exchanges with almost all the skeptics. So I have
virtually nothing. I even deleted the email that I inadvertently sent. There might be some bits of pieces of paper, but I’m not wasting my time
going through these.