This is a fascinating story. Now, I accept that it is one side of the story, and my reading suggests there are at least three sides to it.
Nevertheless, it does point up that academic research (and all research for that matter) needs significant internal and external checks before it is released to the public. And on those occasions when one researcher is accused of stepping over that line of ethics and professionalism, questions need to be asked.
I don't know any of the people involved in this story, for what that's worth.