In it's way, much more serious than the fraud and embezzlement at the Hadley Center.
It's a clear case of criminally fraudulent behaviour to elicit public funding.
I worked for a while with a former NASA programmer who had immigrated to Australia. He told me once that the U.S. should be waterboarding NASA officials at Guantanamo Bay as foreign power enemy combatants, not muslim taxi drivers. He said that NASA had greater allegiance to the bums and drifters at the UN than they did the United States.