15 March, 2017
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.
The state attorney general's office discovered "Wayne Tracker" during an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company had misled shareholders and the public about the possible financial risks that climate change poses to its business.
In a letter to a NY state judge overseeing the investigation, the attorney general said the company had not previously disclosed the account, which was also used to discuss other issues.
"We made it clear that the Wayne Tracker account belonged to Rex Tillerson", said Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers.
"Despite the company's incidental production of approximately 60 documents bearing the "Wayne Tracker" email address, neither Exxon nor its counsel have ever disclosed that this separate email account was a vehicle for Mr. Tillerson's relevant communications at Exxon, and no documents appear to have been collected from this email account", the attorney general's letter explains.
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He added: "The very fact the attorney general's office has these emails is because they were produced in response to the subpoena". In addition to climate change, the alias account was also used to discuss other "important matters" that weren't specified in the letter.
The email alias was Wayne.Tracker@ExxonMobil.com.
The letter accuses Exxon of failing to "comply in good faith" to its subpoena, as it investigates potential violations of NY consumer, business, and investor-fraud laws.
ExxonMobil did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
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.
"This is a significant development in Schneiderman's investigation into what Exxon knew about climate change, when it knew it, and what the company did to hide it", Ages said in a statement. Shortly afterwards, based on the same legal theory, the OAG launched its investigation into Exxon.