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During his tenure as CEO of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson adopted the alias “Wayne Tracker” to send and receive emails connected to climate a change, the New York attorney general's office revealed.
New York AG Eric Schneiderman’s office sent a letter to the Justice Barry Ostrager in New York state court claiming that Tillerson, now the Secretary of State, used the email name “Wayne Tracker” between 2008 and 2015. Some of the emails included information regarding climate change.
In response to the accusations, Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said:
“The email address, [email protected], is part of the company’s email system and was put in place for secure and expedited communications between select senior company officials and the former chairman for a broad range of business-related topics.”
Wayne, it should be noted, is Tillerson's middle name.
Schneiderman’s is asking the court to order Exxon to reveal whether any other email accounts were used by Tillerson, according to Reuters. Schneiderman said Exxon produced around 60 documents with the “Wayne Tracker” email but never clarified if it was used by Tillerson. The letter said:
Exxon's top executives, and in particular, Mr. Tillerson, have made multiple representations that are at the center of OAG's (attorney general's office) investigation of potentially false or misleading statements to investors and the public.
Tillerson isn't the first public official to use an alias to speak with the press. During the presidential election, it was reported that Donald Trump likely went under the name “John Barron” to speak off-the-cuff with gossip mags over the phone.