US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the previous head of Exxon Mobil, used an alias electronic mail tackle whereas on the oil firm to debate info associated to local weather change, the New York legal professional normal says.
Eric Schneiderman says Mr Tillerson used an account named “Wayne Tracker” for not less than seven years.
Wayne is Mr Tillerson’s center identify.
Mr Schneiderman is investigating whether or not Exxon misled buyers and the general public about local weather change.
In a letter to a New York state decide overseeing the investigation, the legal professional normal mentioned the corporate had not beforehand disclosed the account, which was additionally used to debate different points.
The legal professional normal additionally mentioned Exxon had produced some 60 paperwork bearing the “Wayne Tracker” account however by no means mentioned it was utilized by Mr Tillerson.
Mr Schneiderman mentioned Exxon had failed to provide his workplace all paperwork lined by a courtroom order in response to the investigation.
The state division declined to remark.
Alan Jeffers, a spokesman for Exxon Mobil, mentioned the account was created for “safe and expedited communications” between Mr Tillerson and senior executives over a spread of “business-related matters”.
He added: “The actual fact the legal professional normal’s workplace has these emails is as a result of they had been produced in response to the subpoena.”
Exxon has been accused of attempting to cowl up the dangers of local weather change and lying to the public.
Mr Tillerson resigned as chairman and chief govt of the corporate final 12 months after his appointment as secretary of state in President Donald Trump’s administration.