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NY AG: Tillerson used alias on Exxon climate change email

NY AG: Tillerson used alias on Exxon climate change email

According to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Tillerson used an alias email address and a fake name for at least 7 years while serving as CEO at Exxon.

New York's claim marks the latest email-handling matter to make headlines in Washington, from Hillary Clinton using a private email server as secretary of State to more-recent revelations that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct some official business as governor of Indiana.

The New York attorney general's office requested email correspondence from company officials, and found dozens of documents in which someone by the name of "Wayne Tracker" is mentioned. 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.

Oleske added that Exxon had promised to "move heaven and earth" in order to comply with the attorney general's subpoena, yet the corporation apparently failed to disclose that the "Wayne Tracker" email was used by Tillerson.

The letter also says there are "thirty-four additional email accounts specifically assigned to top executives, board members or their assistants", which were not initially produced in the investigation.

Despite having provided 2.5 million pages of documents to the state department, emails to and from "Wayne Tracker" were left out.


Naomi Ages, who heads Greenpeace's climate liability project, questioned whether Tillerson misled shareholders and the public on the risks posed by burning fossil fuels while-from the privacy of his Wayne Tracker account-he discussed those risks more plainly.

"It could be misleading to not tell the attorney general the actual owner of that email address", she said. The email address also did not appear on the company's list of preserved custodial sources or its privilege logs, according to the letter.

"If they had nothing to hide, then why the secret email account?"

Schneiderman's investigation into Exxon Mobil was borne of an unprecedented settlement in November 2015 with Peabody Coal, the world's largest private sector coal company.

The news comes amid a legal conflict in which XOM seeks to stop probes by NY and MA into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.


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