A report I read suggested that some of the leaked e-mails had been edited (to add extra swearwords, bizarrely), so it definitely appears to be a deliberate attack on his character.
An interesting aspect of it to me is how it demonstrates the limits of court orders restricting publication of this kind of stuff in certain territories. I think the law needs to catch up with reality in this area as so many of these types of injunctions are pretty toothless when you can look up the restricted details in seconds online if you choose.
I'm not sure what can really be done in that area though. As long as different territories have different approaches there will always be mismatches, and it really isn't practical for targets (even those with Beckham's wealth) to pursue separate legal action to restrict publication in each individual territory.