Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used a separate email account in the name of “Wayne Tracker” to discuss climate change issues while he was CEO of Exxon Mobil.
The scheme became public today after the Wall Street Journal disclosed a letter in which the New York state Attorney General’s office has accused the company of withholding documents related to their investigation.
In a case brought by AG Eric Schneiderman, Exxon Mobil is accused of lying to investors and the public about the science of global warming even as their own scientists acknowledged the reality in private to plan for a future of rising seas and hotter temperatures.
Exxon Mobil turned over some 60 emails from “Wayne Tracker” without acknowledging that it was Tillerson’s alias account, according to the letter, which was sent to New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager.
“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,” writes Senior Enforcement Counsel John Oleske. Furthermore, “no documents appear to have been collected from this email account.”
The Journal reports that “despite promising to ‘move heaven and earth’ to comply with a subpoena, Exxon … withheld documents related to senior management, including from 34 email accounts assigned to top executives, board members and their assistants.”
For their part, Exxon Mobil insists that the alternate accounts were “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.” News reports “indicating that emails to or from this address were exclusively climate-related are false,” according to a statement.
Which makes sense, because Rex Tillerson and his executives probably had lots of other things he wanted to discuss: the company’s extensive investments in Russian oil concessions, how to get rid of the sanctions that were holding them back from drilling in the Russian Arctic, maybe even travel arrangements for that Medal of Friendship ceremony with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Ironically, statistical data strongly suggests that the recent presidential election hinged on negative impressions related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State. Although Clinton aides archived tens of thousands of emails, her political opponents insisted that the server was an attempt to escape public accountability for various misdeeds.
As always, accusations from the right are a terrific gauge of what their own side is actually doing.
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