Elon Musk: Rogue Employee Wrought 'Extensive Sabotage'

He says Tesla workers should be extremely vigilant
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2018 3:01 AM CDT
Updated Jun 19, 2018 6:01 AM CDT
Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a news conference, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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(Newser) – Never a dull moment for Elon Musk: The Tesla CEO warned all employees Monday that a saboteur inside the company had caused "quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations," reports Reuters. "This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties," wrote Musk, adding: "The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad." The CEO, who warned that there may be "considerably more to this situation than meets the eye," said they still need to determine whether the saboteur was working alone, with other Tesla employees, or with outside organizations.

The saboteur's "stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive," Musk wrote. "In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move." Tesla is ramping up production to meet its target of producing 5,000 Model 3s weekly by the end of this month, CNBC reports. In his email to staff, Musk warned that there is "a long list of organizations," including oil companies and Wall Street short-sellers, that "want Tesla to die." The next few weeks will be "when outside forces have the strongest motivation to stop us," wrote Musk, urging employees to be "extremely vigilant." In an email earlier Monday, Musk said there had been a "small fire" Sunday at a Tesla facility and told workers to be "on the alert for anything that’s not in the best interests of our company." (Last week, Musk announced a major round of layoffs.)

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