Bromwich Denies ‘Witch Hunt’ Against Suspended Arctic Scientist

In a letter to Alaska employees of the Bureau of Ocean Management, Director Michael Bromwich said wildlife biologist Charles Monnett has not been suspended because of his discovery that polar bears have started drowning as the Arctic melts, the subject of an interview between Inspector General investigators and Monnett in February: “We are limited in what we can say about a pending investigation, but I can assure you that the decision had nothing to do with his scientific work, or anything relating to a five-year old journal article, as advocacy groups and the news media have incorrectly speculated. Nor is this a ‘witch hunt’ to suppress the work of our many scientists and discourage them from speaking the truth. Quite the contrary. In this case, it was the result of new information on a separate subject brought to our attention very recently.”

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