Elon Musk: Rogue Employee Carried Out 'Extensive Sabotage'

Elon Musk: Rogue Employee Carried Out 'Extensive Sabotage'

Elon Musk: Rogue Employee Carried Out 'Extensive Sabotage'

In an internal email sent to employees on Sunday, Musk was sacked up about what he called "extensive and damaging sabotage" that was carried out by a Tesla employee. The fire is the fourth in the Fremont factory's paint shop. His solution? Build a giant tent instead, and assemble the cars in that.

Tesla is continuing to investigate the full extent of the sabotage, and whether the employee was acting alone or had the help of others.

Musk went on to urge employees to be "extremely vigilant" and to report anything suspicious.

"Musk, in an email to staff late Sunday and first reported by CNBC on Monday, said an unnamed employee, who has since been caught, reportedly conducted "extensive and damaging sabotage" to company operations".

Further on in the email, Musk tells Tesla employees that "there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die", going on to mention short-sellers, the oil and gas industry, and auto industry competitors.

Meanwhile, there was a "small fire" at a company factory on Sunday, although the exact location was not revealed. CEO Andy Grove's book, "Only the Paranoid Survive".

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The billionaire tech entrepreneur has long advanced a viewpoint of Tesla-against-the-world, helping build his upstart vehicle company's reputation as a nail in the tire of Big Auto. But "the public displays of paranoia have become increasingly odd". The employee had already been interrogated by the company.

As Tesla works hard to keep up with its target of 5000 Model 3 cars per week, it will be interesting to see if the discovery of the saboteur leads to anything. "We're doing this at the speed of light". The company declined to comment. In July, Tesla began producing its Model 3s.

"However, there may be considerably more to this situation than meets the eye, so the investigation will continue in depth this week".

The layoff documents, known as Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN notices, name only a fraction of the lost Tesla jobs. The company-wide email was also leaked ahead of yet another important production milestone for the Model 3 sedan, which Musk had predicted will reach the 5,000 cars per week rate by the end of June 2018.

While the fire may have been an accident, Musk cautioned vigilance in the building. Since then, the company has missed one production goal after another. "I have literally never heard of any major manufacturer of any sort doing this, ever", Ramsey said. But the email, in fact, makes no mention of anything production-related.

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