Secretary of State Tillerson used e-mail alias as Exxon CEO

The office of Eric Schneiderman revealed the unorthodox arrangement in a letter sent to a NY state judge on Monday that also accused Exxon of failing to produce documents related to an investigation into whether the company misled investors over climate change.

To date, Jeffers said, Exxon has turned over to the New York AG's office over 2.5 million pages of documents and is ready to respond to the alias email letter in a filing with the overseeing court. In addition to climate change, the alias account was also used to discuss other "important matters" that weren't specified in the letter. "It was an account used for everyday business by senior executives who needed to reach" Tillerson, who left the company at the end of 2016 to become secretary of state.

The state department declined to comment.

Tillerson used an alias to send and receive global warming data via email, Reuters and NBC News are reporting.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been leading an investigation of Exxon Mobil, centered on whether the company misled investors by publicly arguing against the reality of climate change even though its executives knew the science was accurate.




The email alias was Wayne.Tracker@ExxonMobil.com. So far, Exxon has turned over 60 documents originating from the Wayne Tracker account, but did not say it was used for "relevant communications" at the company. The filing comes in a protracted legal dispute in which Exxon seeks to derail probes by NY and MA into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.

"If they had nothing to hide", Jamie Henn, the communications director at climate change advocacy group 350.org, said, "than why the secret email account?" His "Red Rufus" email account, a reference to his call sign as a Marine pilot, is still his primary email address, Lutz said Tuesday in an email.

The Office of the Attorney General's letter claims that "Exxon has continuously delayed and obstructed the production of documents from its top executives and board members, which are crucial to OAG's investigation into Exxon's touted risk-management practices regarding climate change".

The underlying case, People of the State of New York v. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Exxon Mobil Corporation, was filed in New York State Supreme Court, New York County.

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