All secrets are not the same
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Submitted by Shannon Love (United States), Nov 30, 2009 14:53
I think you're missing the difference between a secret that is a standardized and accepted practice and secret that is wildly exceptional. Peer review is institutionally a secret process. The secret of the identity of the person who made CRU's illegal and deceptive acts public is a wild exception.
There is likewise a vast difference between powerful agents of the state who break the law and establish a huge and dangerous precedent in doing so as compared to a private individual who carries out one isolated act.
I find it more than a little disturbing that you can't see the vast difference in scale between the acts you compare.
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