Disgruntled Tesla Employee Sabotages Manufacturing Operations

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All because the guy didn't get a promotion. Imagine why.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees early last Sunday night. It was no ordinary email. According to CNBC, the email informed employees there was a saboteur among them who, as Musk wrote, conducted “quite extensive and damaging sabotage” to the electric car company’s operations, such as changing code to an internal product. He also exported data to outsiders. Could this saboteur be among the nine percent of employees recently laid off as part of a major company restructure?

It doesn’t appear so. CNBC managed to obtain Musk’s entire email revealing the saboteur, which you can read in full. Musk was honestly clear about what happened, according to this excerpt: “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.” But there could be more to the disgruntled employee’s actions: “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.”

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Musk went on to state that there’s “a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short-sellers and... oil & gas companies.” Musk asked employees to remain vigilant and if they see or suspect anything suspicious, please reach out, which can be done anonymously. Without question this is a troubling situation and it'll be quite interesting to learn who this employee was really working for. Tesla has its hands full these days trying to meet its stated goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of this month. Not surprisingly, Model 3 line workers were not part of that mass layoff, which we’re told was limited mainly to mostly white collar management positions.

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