Actually, it 100% was a public statement. Dr. Geoffrey Reed, but he was so scared of harassment from you, he requested protected from the activists:
"I am fine with your circulating this message or extracts from it to others if you think it would contribute constructively to the discussion. (Please remove my e-mail address from any version you circulate. I do not want to start having another lobbying campaign directed to my personal e-mail.)"

You all have become so intolerable in public discourse that even WHO wants nothing to do with you. Stop harassing people and lying.