Politics by theft. It really is Watergate-like.
LONDON — The police in Belgium are investigating break-ins at the offices of three antismoking lobby groups in a central Brussels building, in which thieves stole material related to their campaigns against the tobacco industry.
The burglaries took place early on Thursday morning, less than two days after the abrupt resignation of John Dalli, the European Union’s health commissioner, in the wake of a corruption investigation.
Mr. Dalli, who says he is innocent of any wrongdoing, was responsible for shepherding through proposed tougher rules on European tobacco sales. In a setback for antismoking campaigners, the departure of the Maltese commissioner means action on a new tobacco directive has been shelved, potentially for two years.
The European Respiratory Society, one of the three, said: “We do not subscribe to conspiracy theories. However, in light of the evidence we feel we have legitimate reason to suspect the intrusion was well-planned, researched and targeted.”
I was amazed that the press let, you know, the climate thing get so twisted. Will they get played like a fiddle again? When people achieve their goals by criminal means, that doesn’t do much to discourage repetitions.