Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent to employees urging them to be vigilant against potential saboteurs. Now it has come out that the man behind the alleged theft that triggered this missive is former employee Martin Tripp.we reported on an email that
According to the Washington Post, Tesla is accusing Tripp of not only the theft of sensitive data, but also leaking false and damaging information to the press. Tripp denies this, saying that he acted as a whistleblower after seeing numerous unsafe batteries go out the door for use in Tesla's cars.
The Post report, which includes a rancorous email exchange between Musk and Tripp, indicates Tesla told Nevada authorities that it received a call from a friend of Tripp's, saying he had plans to come to the Gigafactory and "shoot the place up." Tripp vehemently denied this, and the local Storey County Sheriff's office found no evidence to support Tesla's story.
A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment.
This past year has been an especially fraught one for the electric vehicle manufacturer. With problems ranging fromto a number of high-profile that resulted in the deaths of several drivers, this kind of public fight is the last thing the company needs if it's to achieve its by the end of the year.