SAN FRANCISCO — Despite Pacific Gas & Electric claims he acted alone, internal documents show information from online snooping by a former executive was widely shared with employees at the San Francisco-based utility.

William Devereaux, the former senior director of PG&E's SmartMeter program, resigned last month after admitting he used a phony name to monitor online discussion groups by activists opposed to SmartMeters. They are concerned about health effects of SmartMeter electromagnetic radiation.

The San Jose Mercury News says internal PG&E documents turned over to state regulators and obtained by the newspaper on Monday also reveal that PG&E went beyond mere online monitoring.

A series of e-mail exchanges, for instance, show that PG&E sent an employee to monitor a SmartMeter demonstration in Rohnert Park in October. The employee took at least four photographs of protesters.

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Information from: San Jose Mercury News, http://www.sjmercury.com