Elon Musk Reckons A Saboteur Has Been Dicking Around With Tesla Production

Elon Musk said in his email that he learned about the alleged behaviour of the Tesla employee over the weekend

In it, Musk says the employee had admitted to sabotaging Tesla, but the total extent of his actions is yet to be determined through an internal investigation.

Musk did not indicate how the company had discovered the alleged saboteur, or if any legal action had been taken against him.

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.

The company is now in a race to ramp up its manufacturing of the mid-priced sedan - a process CEO Elon Musk has called "production hell" on more than one occasion. Musk listed "oil & gas companies" and "Wall Street short sellers" as being among the company's potential enemies. Don't want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice.

In the Monday email, Musk said the saboteur had admitted to altering software in the company's manufacturing operating system, which could have slowed down or complicated production. He claims that while these companies cheat about emissions, maybe they can cheat in other ways.

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It also called on other countries to "take collective action" against the USA move, calling it "outdated and backwards behaviour". This triggered an immediate retaliation by Beijing , which announced the imposition of "equal" tariffs on USA products.

Musk goes on to add that Model 3 production is ramping to 5,000 vehicles per week, and that employees will have to be "extremely vigilant" in looking out for any nefarious activity. "Occasionally, it is much more serious", Musk wrote toward the end of the email.

"Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, 'Only the paranoid survive, '" Musk wrote on Monday, referring to the late chairman and CEO of Intel Corp. "Please be on the alert for anything that's not in the best interests of our company".

Tesla has been dogged with delays surrounding delivery of its all-electric BMW 3 Series-rivalling Model 3 saloon, but continues to push ahead with future products such as the Tesla Semi truck, the new Roadster and an EV alternative the Volkswagen Golf, which Musk alluded to at the company's recent shareholder meeting.

The company last week disclosed a corporate restructuring aimed at cutting 9 per cent of its workforce while sparing Model 3 production employees. More than 3,000 workers lost their jobs, and notices filed with the state of California revealed that over 500 employees in Fremont and Palo Alto were dismissed.

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