Even by the usual standards of the Guardian / Observer, this article by John Vidal is completely bonkers.
Apparently the sexual harassment charges Pachauri faces were all cooked up by climate sceptics. The evidence for this is that there’s a newspaper that criticised him, and a man who used to be an editor of that paper now has connections to the Cato Institute. These wicked climate sceptics hacked into Patchy’s email accounts, sent messages pretending they were from him, then paid the woman involved to press charges.
Additional evidence to support Vidal’s conspiracy theory is the fact that a climate-sceptical blogger once wrote about wanting to get rid of Pachauri.
Furthermore, apparently the young woman involved was flirting with Patchy, a story that Vidal seems to find plausible despite including a photo of him in the article.
All this is revealed in a sequence of emails and a meeting between Patchy and The Observer.
Vidal’s scoop has been widely ridiculed on twitter, with some describing the article as “farcical” or “mad”.