I have never known a scientist to either throw away or destroy raw data. But these people did they threw away the data on which their claims of man-made global warming are based.
To me, that means they may be politicians, but they are not scientists. And, as such, they do not belong in a scientific discussion.
UPDATE: More confirmation of what I said here -- Jonah Goldberg quotes a reader:
If I were caught bending the data to fit the model as the CRU was doing, I'm quite confident that I'd be unemployed and quite possibly facing time as a guest of the Feds.