A researcher who advocates for battling global warming has admitted to using deceptive tactics to obtain internal strategy and budget documents from the Heartland Institute, a free-market group that rejects mainstream climate science.

Peter Gleick, president of the California-based Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, also said in a blog post Monday night that he made no changes or alterations to the documents.

The Heartland Institute calls a strategy memo circulated last week a fake, and has said separate documents obtained from the group might have been altered.

Gleick, admitting a “serious lapse” of judgment and ethics, wrote in the Huffington Post that he used someone else’s name to obtain the documents and circulate them among a group of journalists and advocates in mid-February.

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