For eight years Rex Tillerson used a shadow email under alias ‘Wayne Tracker’ to discuss global warming and its risks to Exxon’s business, says AG Eric Schneiderman.
Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson used an email address on the Exxon system under the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker” to discuss climate change from at least 2008 through 2015, New York investigators say. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
While he was chief executive of ExxonMobil, current secretary of state Rex Tillerson used an alias email account for eight years to discuss climate change and the risks it posed to the company’s business, according to investigators for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Those investigators say the company concealed the shadow emails despite a 2015 subpoena for Tillerson’s communications issued as part of a sweeping investigation of the oil giant in connection with possible financial fraud.
Schneiderman’s office disclosed the existence of the email account assigned to Tillerson on Monday in a letter to Judge Barry Ostrager, which accused Exxon of failing to turn over all relevant documents required by the subpoena.
Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used an email address on the Exxon system under the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker” from at least 2008 through 2015, investigators say. The company has turned over a handful of the emails, but New York authorities believe a much larger trove exists.
“Mr. Tillerson used this secondary email address to send and receive materials regarding important matters, including those concerning to the risk-management issues related to climate change that are the focus of OAG’s investigation,” according to the letter.
“[N]either 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.”