Back when he was Exxon's CEO, secretary of State Rex Tillerson apparently used an alias ("Wayne Tracker") in emails discussing climate change.
- "Tillerson sent messages from the account to discuss the risks posed by climate change, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a court filing about his office's fraud investigation of the company. Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used the Wayne Tracker account on the Exxon system from at least 2008 through 2015, Schneiderman said," Bloomberg reports.
Schneiderman is probing whether Exxon misled investors and the public about the effects of climate change on its business.
Why it matters: Basically anything involving a secretary of State and emails (think Hillary Clinton) is bound to attract interest. And if this story founds familiar ... years ago conservatives pilloried Obama's first EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, over her use of a secondary email account under the name "Richard Windsor."
Exxon fights back:
In a late Monday statement, the company said Tillerson's main corporate address got tons of messages. The
address was used for "secure and expedited" communications on a "broad range" of business topics, not just climate change.