Fraud Probe Uncovers Secret Tillerson Emails on Climate Change

  • Fraud Probe Uncovers Secret Tillerson Emails on Climate Change

Fraud Probe Uncovers Secret Tillerson Emails on Climate Change

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an "alias email account" while CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp.to discuss climate change issues, the NY attorney general's office alleged on Monday.

The letter alleged that Exxon Corp had submitted around 60 odd documents bearing the email address of Wayne Tracker, but the company never explained that this account was used by Rex for communications at the firm.

This letter was submitted to a NY state judge, who is overseeing the matter, to conclude if Schneiderman's company Exxon misled its shareholders and public in general about climate change.

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. The alias email address was under the pseudonym "Wayne Tracker" and was used from at least 2008 through 2015.

"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". "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.

"It could be misleading to not tell the attorney general the actual owner of that email address", said Cohen, who isn't involved in the dispute.

When the NY state A.G. subpoenaed the company for documents related to Exxon executives, Mr. Tracker's emails were left out.

"If they had nothing to hide, then why the secret email account?" said Jamie Henn, a spokesman for the environmental group 350.org, which has supported the state probes into Exxon.

According to Exxon media relations manager Alan Jeffers, the company handed over emails from the Wayne Tracker address to Schneiderman's office as early as February 2016. "The very fact the attorney general's office has these emails is because they were produced in response to the subpoena".

As the letter states, information exchanged under the Wayne Tracker alias might prove relevant to the investigation. "During confirmation hearings, the former oil man refused to answer questions about whether Exxon had ever downplayed or obscured climate research", CNN Money reports.

Exxon (XOM) did not immediately respond to requests for comment.