US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for America’s next secretary of state was a director of a Bahamas-based US-Russian oil company, a leaked document shows.
Rex Tillerson had been former director of ExxonMobil’s Russian subsidiary, Exxon Neftegas, based in the tax haven of the Bahamas, according to the document.
The document was part of 1.3 million files given to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung by an anonymous source.
Tillerson is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the world. He became a director of Exxon Neftegas in 1998, according to the leaked 2001 document, which came from the corporate registry in the Bahamas.
Tillerson has reportedly close business relations with Russia and was awarded “Order of Friendship” — one of the country’s most prestigious awards given to foreign nationals — by the Russian government in 2013.
Under Tillerson’s management, the energy giant…