NY Secretary of State used fake name to discuss climate change while Exxon Mobil CEO

08:38 • 15.03.17



New York says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email alias to discuss climate change while he was Exxon Mobil’s chief executive: Wayne Tracker, the Independent reports.


Mr 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. Mr Tillerson, whose middle name is Wayne, used the Wayne Tracker account on the Exxon system from at least 2008 to 2015, Schneiderman said.


Schneiderman made the claim in a letter Monday to Justice Barry Ostrager in New York state court in Manhattan, accusing Exxon of failing to turn over all relevant documents required by a court order.


The filing comes in a protracted legal dispute in which Exxon seeks to derail probes by New York and Massachusetts into whether the company misled investors for years about the possible impact of climate change on its business.


Mr Tillerson used the account for “secure and expedited communications between select senior company officials and the former chairman for a broad range of business-related topics,” after his primary account began receiving too many messages, Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said in an email.


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. Neither of those instances involved an alias.


“Despite the company’s incidental production of approximately 60 documents bearing the ‘Wayne Tracker’ email address, neither 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,” Schneiderman said.


The existence of the secondary email account was discovered by Schneiderman’s team while reviewing other Exxon documents. New York claims the Irving, Texas-based energy giant has failed to turn over thousands of relevant files. In addition to climate change, the alias account was also used to discuss other “important matters” that weren’t specified in the letter.

 

Julia Mason, a spokeswoman for the State Department, declined to comment and referred the matter to Exxon.


The development “raises a lot of questions” about whether Exxon complied with the subpoena, said Carrie Cohen, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan who is now a white-collar criminal-defense lawyer at Morrison & Foerster in New York. 

“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.


In December, Exxon hit a snag in its legal fight to derail the investigations on the company’s home turf, when US District Judge Ed Kinkeade canceled the deposition of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who’d been ordered to appear in Dallas to be questioned under oath by Exxon’s lawyers.

 





LATEST NEWSAll Today news

12:13 • 23/03

168 Zham: Armenia increasingly attractive to Iranian tourists

11:43 • 23/03

Emirates to allow passengers to keep laptops until boarding

11:31 • 23/03

Turkey summons Norway envoy

11:16 • 23/03

EPP president extends support to Armenian parliamentary election

10:59 • 23/03

Armenia appoints new ambassador to Belarus

10:36 • 23/03

Smartphone device can test sperm quality  

10:21 • 23/03

London terror attack: what we know so far

10:10 • 23/03

Armenia-UAE relations ‘gaining new flesh and blood’ – expert

09:44 • 23/03

New York tightens security after London terror attack

09:29 • 23/03

We extend our solidarity to intn’l fight against terrorism – Armenian MFA reacts to London attack

09:05 • 23/03

Ex Armenian top commander detained over smuggling of missile system

08:41 • 23/03

Five dead, 40 injured in London terror attack

17:30 • 22/03

Armenian president meets with UAE officials in Abu Dhabi

17:11 • 22/03

Syria conflict:  Air strike 'kills dozens in village near Raqqa'

16:49 • 22/03

Armenia has its specific niche on global ICT map – Serzh Sargsyan

16:37 • 22/03

Good education key to proper governance, prime minister tells local government officials (photos)

16:15 • 22/03

Rex Tillerson  says wife urged him to be secretary of state

15:58 • 22/03

Embarking on new stage of progress: finance minister praises growth in public income

15:28 • 22/03

Two Armenians detained over attempted smuggling of anti-aircraft missile

14:52 • 22/03

We actively work towards attracting Russian investments - ambassador

14:15 • 22/03

Schwarzenegger mocks Trump over 39% approval rating

13:19 • 22/03

Ter-Petrosyan: Azerbaijan ready for concessions over Karabakh

12:11 • 22/03

Brussels marks first anniversary of airport bombings

12:00 • 22/03

Italian artist creates moon and planet lamps making room ‘look out of this world’

11:30 • 22/03

Amazing pictures show youngsters who are dead ringers for some of the biggest names in showbiz

11:19 • 22/03

Six suspects detained in Dink murder case

11:06 • 22/03

Apple drives further into Facebook, Snap territory with video app

10:40 • 22/03

Puerto Rico baseball fans go blond in support of team

10:23 • 22/03

The Armenian island of Venice – Euronews

10:08 • 22/03

Azerbaijan shoots sniper fire on Karabakh frontline

09:54 • 22/03

Hraparak: Pretext behind rapid initialing of new EU-Armenia deal

09:33 • 22/03

Uber pledges to make drivers happier

09:25 • 22/03

French interior minister quits amid jobs row

09:11 • 22/03

Car bomb kills at least 5 in Somalia

08:54 • 22/03

Trump to travel to Brussels for NATO meeting

08:36 • 22/03

North Korea missile test fails

17:36 • 21/03

Armenia, EU initial new cooperation agreement

17:07 • 21/03

UNESCO pledges assistance to education development in Armenia  

16:31 • 21/03

Armenian president to attend investment forum in UAE

16:10 • 21/03

Inside the 'billionaire bunkers' where the world's super rich will ride out the apocalypse 

15:55 • 21/03

Iran-EEU free trade zone talks in active phase – Armenian minister

15:23 • 21/03

Communication the right bridge to build the world – DonValley COE

14:42 • 21/03

911 relatives sue Saudi Arabia

14:15 • 21/03

Armenian ambassador to Argentina submits credentials to foreign minister

13:47 • 21/03

Football transfer news: Man Utd let midfielder join Chicago Fire

13:28 • 21/03

YouTube issues apology over restricted mode hiding LGBTQ content

12:28 • 21/03

Iran will resume nuclear work with ‘greater’ speed if US breaches deal, says foreign minister

12:07 • 21/03

WCFDavos/Yerevan: Armenian capital hosts forum to address crisis challenges and possible solutions

11:31 • 21/03

 Armenian photographer makes postcards with ‘honest pictures of Russia’

11:21 • 21/03

Philanthropist, oil heir and banker David Rockefeller dies at 101

11:13 • 21/03

Serzh Sargsyan congratulates Armenian Kurds on Muslim new year

10:56 • 21/03

Bill Gates tops Forbes' rich list as Trump's wealth slips

10:43 • 21/03

168 Zham: 'Sobering slap' for Azerbaijan

10:00 • 21/03

US senator introduces bill urging Turkey to restore properties to Armenian church

09:39 • 21/03

Nagorno-Karabakh reports more Azerbaijani ceasefire violations

09:25 • 21/03

Peace advocate never provokes military tension – Nalbandian’s response to Aliyev’s statement  

08:50 • 21/03

US bans electronic devices on certain flights

08:37 • 21/03

UK banks ‘involved in multibillion-pound Russian money-laundering scam’

17:12 • 20/03

At least 4,000 foreign criminals in jail in Turkey, report finds

17:07 • 20/03

Ucom largest 4G+ network in Armenia today

16:42 • 20/03

We will bring new governance culture if elected–  ex minister

16:01 • 20/03

Uber president steps down

15:40 • 20/03

Trump says North Korea's Kim Jong-un acting 'very badly'

15:25 • 20/03

Armenia’s parliament ‘far from perfect’ without Communists, says leader

14:55 • 20/03

Armenia ranks 121st on world happiness report

13:39 • 20/03

Fragility in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone allows for Russian presence - expert

12:28 • 20/03

Armenian hacking group steals $120,000 from Australian banks - National Security Service  

11:32 • 20/03

Armenia makes $40m investment in Georgia in 5 years

11:06 • 20/03

IBM launches enterprise-ready blockchain service

10:39 • 20/03

US Secretary of State, Turkish FM have phone talk

10:06 • 20/03

Nagorno-Karabakh reports relative calm on Line of Contact

09:58 • 20/03

Train goes through the centre of a 19-storey block of flats in China's 'Mountain City' 

09:35 • 20/03

Eurovision: Armenia’s Artsvik gets ready to fly (video)

09:23 • 20/03

Football: Messi sizzles as Barcelona win Valencia thriller

09:16 • 20/03

Thousands rally in anti-independence protest in Barcelona

09:00 • 20/03

Hollywood takes on a tragedy of history — in films from opposing viewpoints – The Washington Post

08:42 • 20/03

Thousands rally in anti-independence protest in Barcelona

18:09 • 18/03

Leading Armenian economists and experts agree on joint platform plan

17:20 • 18/03

Muslim TV presenter sparks uproar as she asks BBC Asian Network Twitter followers about 'punishment for blasphemy' 

16:57 • 18/03

Feedback with society is our key focus – Karen Karapetyan

16:15 • 18/03

Sony announces plan to end PlayStation 3 production in Japan

16:00 • 18/03

Turkish FM urges EU to implement visa-free regime

15:50 • 18/03

Brazil meat-packing giants 'exported rotten beef'

15:37 • 18/03

Armenia’s electoral legislation in line with OSCE/ODIHR recommendations  - report

14:47 • 18/03

Your vote is crucial for my future career in office, Armenian PM says in Gegharkunik region

14:09 • 18/03

Nalbandian briefs UN chief on situation around Karabakh

13:45 • 18/03

US appeals to higher court ruling against  Trump’s travel ban

13:30 • 18/03

Zhamanak: Heritage party leader in United States

13:05 • 18/03

Attacker killed at Paris airport

12:55 • 18/03

Turkish-Azerbaijani Union Chair convicted of anti-Armenian speech in Holland

12:45 • 18/03

Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations on Karabakh frontline

12:35 • 18/03

Magnitude-2.5 earthquake strikes Armenia’s east

12:21 • 18/03

Aurora offers $1m for Middle Easterners to study in Armenia

17:25 • 17/03

Our peace plan never relies on Azerbaijan’s good will – Armenian oppositionist

17:16 • 17/03

Ameriabank opens branch in Gyumri

16:18 • 17/03

World’s most expensive burger is auctioned in Dubai

16:00 • 17/03

Amid crisis, Venezuelan bakers banned from baking sweets

15:45 • 17/03

Girl, 11. becomes Britain's youngest mother-to-be  

15:21 • 17/03

Pro-Russian political forces potential winners in parliament polls – Armenian expert

14:28 • 17/03

US speaks of Korea military option