Elon Musk says Tesla factory was sabotaged by disgruntled employee

Andrew Cummings
June 19, 2018

Never a boring 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.

"The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad", Musk wrote, adding that the unnamed employee supposedly took action against the company after being passed up for a promotion.

Musk warns, however, that he suspects "there may be considerably more to this situation than meets the eye", stating that there is a "long list of organisations that want Tesla to die".

A disgruntled worker taking out their anger on an employer isn't unusual, but Telsa and Musk are investigating whether this person was working with outside entities, such as "Wall Street short-sellers" or "oil & gas companies".

Musk said in the email, which was seen by Reuters, that he had learned of this alleged behaviour at the weekend. "If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?" he wrote.

For now, Musk asks employees to, "Please be extremely vigilant, particularly over the next few weeks as we ramp up the production rate to 5k/week".

As CNBC reports, Musk sent out an email to all employees explaining that one employee had been discovered performing sabotage on Tesla's operations.

The leaked emails come as Musk has been acting increasingly erratically, aggressively going after the media on Twitter, as well as investors who have been betting against Tesla. Last week, Tesla announced a broad restructuring, slashing at least 9 percent of its workforce.

Driving this point home, CNBC also reported that on Monday morning he sent out a second memo regarding a small but "strange" fire that had broken out Sunday night on a production line, but was quickly extinguished.

Nancy Tengler, chief investment officer at Heartland Financial, said her firm doesn't own Tesla stock, but she remains "highly amused" by Musk's tweets. While he says this could be a random event, Musk quotes former Intel CEO Andy Grove's "Only the paranoid survive" warning.

According to Elon Musk, not everyone working at Tesla has the company's best interests in mind.

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