Tillerson Used Secret Alias to Talk Climate While CEO of Exxon

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly used an alias e-mail address in climate change discussions during his time as Exxon Mobil chairman and chief executive, according to the Wall Street Journal.

New York's claim marks the latest email-handling matter to make headlines in Washington, from Hillary Clinton using a private email server as secretary of State to more-recent revelations that Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct some official business as governor of Indiana. Sixty-four of those sent and received met the parameters for Schneiderman's climate change subpoena and were turned over to NY officials, Jeffers said.

Wayne is Mr Tillerson's middle name. The existence of the secondary email account was discovered by Schneiderman's team while reviewing other Exxon documents.

The e-mails that were provided allowed the attorney general to figure out that Tillerson used the account between 2008 and 2015 at least, but it didn't appear on Exxon's list of accounts for which records were preserved.

ExxonMobil produced roughly 60 documents from the "Wayne Tracker" account, but Schneiderman says it never disclosed that this had been Tillerson's account.

"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.

Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers claimed the "Wayne Tracker" address was used by Tillerson for convenience sake. And while, hopefully, the information will serve some sort of objective in the current Exxon Mobil investigation, these tweets might help distract you from the flaming garbage fire that is modern American politics.

Exxon first learned of the OAG's concerns about the alias email address through the Monday letter to the U.S. Supreme Court justice, he added, which violates a "meet and confer" order from the courts. It also asks the court to schedule a conference to ensure that Exxon complies with the subpoena, and says Tillerson's email pseudonym "lends additional urgency" to this request.

Online, it didn't take long for "Wayne Tracker" to be meme'd to life, with a parody Twitter account that points to ExxonKnew.org-a website alleging the Texas oil giant paid anti-climate change think tanks to misdirect public opinion on the threat of global warming so that it could persist with its business activities.