NY AG says Tillerson used alias in emails on climate change

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  • FILE - In this Monday, March 6, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement on issues related to visas and travel at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that while Tillerson was CEO of Exxon he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change. Schneiderman made the accusation in a letter to a New York court Monday, March 13, 2017. He is investigating whether the company deceived investors and the public by hiding for decades what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, March 6, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement on issues related to visas and travel at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ... says that while Tillerson was CEO of Exxon he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change. Schneiderman made the accusation in a letter to a New York court Monday, March 13, 2017. He is investigating whether the company deceived investors and the public by hiding for decades what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York. Schneiderman says that while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of Exxon he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change. Schneiderman made the accusation in a letter to a New York court Monday, March 13, 2017. He is investigating whether the company deceived investors and the public by hiding for decades what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman speaks during a news conference in New York. Schneiderman says that while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of Exxon he used an alias in emails to talk ... about climate change. Schneiderman made the accusation in a letter to a New York court Monday, March 13, 2017. He is investigating whether the company deceived investors and the public by hiding for decades what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) (The Associated Press)

The New York attorney general says that while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of Exxon he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change.

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The attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, made the accusation in a letter to a New York court Monday. He is investigating whether the company deceived investors and the public by hiding for decades what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.

Schneiderman says Exxon failed to disclose that Tilleson used an account named "Wayne Tracker" to send and receive emails about issues including risk management related to climate change. Wayne is Tillerson's middle name.

Exxon Mobil spokesman Alan Jeffers says the email account was created for secure and quick communication between Tillerson and senior executives over various topics.