Musk Claims Tesla Employee Tried To Sabotage Automaker

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk says the company has discovered an employee conducting damaging sabotage to the automaker’s operations.

In an email sent to Tesla employees, Musk revealed that the saboteur had made changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System and exported sensitive data to “unknown third parties.”

“The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad. His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move,” the email reads.

“However, there may be considerably more to this situation than meets the eye, so the investigation will continue in depth this week. We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations.”

Musk went on to assert that the saboteur was one of just many different parties that wants Tesla to fail.

“These include Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and stand to lose a lot more. Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world — they don’t love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars,” Musk said.

The email was obtained by CNBC and confirmed to be legitimate by several Tesla employees.

The discovery of this saboteur comes at a crucial time for Tesla as it continues to ramp up production of the Model 3 with the hope of building 5000 units per week by the end of June. As part of a company restructuring, Tesla also announced last week that it will cut 9 per cent of its workforce.

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  • Alfa Giulia QV

    If what Musk says is true then a proper investigation will uncover all the evidence necessary to remove all doubt. But until that happens, I don’t believe him nor the claim about Wall Street short sellers and petroleum interests trying to ruin them. I mean George Soros owns bonds in Tesla not to mention they are on the stock market. It would be dumb to try and sabotage Tesla when people are making money off of them. And why just Tesla? Other manufacturers are making EVs and they haven’t made such accusations about this happening to them. It sounds more like conspiracy nonsense from a raving mad lunatic who wants to put rocket thrusters on a production car. I’ll see if I can find that email elsewhere because I don’t trust CNBC.

    • The raving mad lunatic has more success alone than several major countries combined. Read about his life and inventions before making such claims. Yes, he is a celebrity and a very bold marketeer, but it works. Tesla gets massive news coverage with minimal investment. Tesla is the click-bait of the auto industry if you like.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    Musk claims a lot of things.You have to take everything he says with a pinch of salt.

  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Spontaneous Combustion, yo!

  • Six_Tymes

    I have no doubts this is for real, and most likely has others working there contemplating the same.

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