By Karen Freifeld
NEW YORK (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former president and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp, used an alias email address while at the oil company to send and receive information related to climate change. and other matters, according to the New York Times. York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The attorney general’s office said in a letter Monday that it discovered that Tillerson had used an email address alias under the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker” from at least 2008 to 2015.
Wayne is Tillerson’s middle name.
The letter was sent to a New York State judge overseeing Schneiderman’s investigation into whether Exxon misled shareholders and the public about climate change.
In a statement Monday, Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said: “The email address, Wayne.Tracker@exxonmobil.com, is part of the company’s email system and was implemented for fast and secure communications between select senior company officials and former chairman of a wide range of company-related issues. “
Jeffers said the company had provided 2.5 million pages of documents in response to a subpoena from Schneiderman’s office and would respond to the claims in the letter in court papers.
A spokeswoman for the State Department declined to comment on the matter.
The letter, seen by Reuters, said Exxon had not previously disclosed the alias account. He asked the judge to order Exxon to explain whether the “Wayne Tracker” email documents and 34 additional accounts assigned to other Exxon executives and board members had been preserved.
The letter said that Exxon had produced about 60 documents with the “Wayne Tracker” email, but never said that Tillerson used it for relevant communications at Exxon.
He asked the court to order Exxon to identify whether Tillerson used other email accounts.
“Senior Exxon executives, and in particular Mr. Tillerson, have made multiple statements that are at the core of the OAG (the attorney general’s office) investigation of potentially false or misleading statements to investors and the public.” the letter said.
The case is People of the State of New York v. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE :), Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, No. 451962/2016.
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