UPDATE: Tesla Sues Former Employee For Sabotage And Misinformation

JUN 20 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 128

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees late Sunday night to alert them about ‘extensive and damaging sabotage’

CNBC reported that Musk sent an email to employees early Monday pointing out a factory fire and potential employee sabotage. Then, the news agency received access to an email the CEO sent late Sunday night stating that there was an employee inside Tesla that has been sabotaging operations. Many Tesla employees have confirmed that they did, in fact, receive these emails.

Click here for UPDATE 3.

UPDATE 2***:

Tesla has now filed a lawsuit against former Gigafactory employee and process technician Martin Tripp. According to CNBC, the suit says Tripp has already:

. . . admitted to writing software that hacked Tesla’s manufacturing operating system (‘MOS’) and to transferring several gigabytes of Tesla data to outside entities.

Included in the data breach were videos of Tesla’s manufacturing processes and highly sensitive photographs, which Tripp reportedly delivered to outsiders via computer code that he was writing on a regular basis. He also led a misinformation campaign, feeding reporters false claims. CNBC’s report of the lawsuit’s language continues:

For example, Tripp claimed that punctured battery cells had been used in certain Model 3 vehicles even though no punctured cells were ever used in vehicles, batteries or otherwise. Tripp also vastly exaggerated the true amount and value of ‘scrap’ material that Tesla generated during the manufacturing process, and falsely claimed that Tesla was delayed in bringing new manufacturing equipment online.

Tripp wasn’t granted a desired promotion at Tesla, which made him act out toward other employees. Eventually, he was reassigned to a different position that pushed him over the edge, turning to sabotage the automaker. You can read the entire lawsuit by clicking the Tweet below:

Musk explained to his employees that this internal saboteur has used a false username and changed code to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System, as well as exporting significant amounts of highly sensitive data to unknown outside sources. He asked employees to remain extra vigilant over the next few weeks, during the Model 3 production ramp since this is a time that outside forces may be highly motivated to intervene. An investigation is currently underway.

At this point, aside from the email, little details are known. Tesla has not yet commented on the email. The culprit has been identified and has admitted some of his actions. According to Musk, they’re “pretty bad.” The employee said he chose to carry out the actions since he wasn’t promoted. We don’t know if he’s been arrested related to the matter, and Tesla is still trying to determine whether or not he acted alone and to what degree outside sources are involved. We will update this article as new information becomes available.

Below is the entire email via CNBC:

To: Everybody

 

Subject: Some concerning news

 

June 17, 2018

 

11:57 p.m.

 

I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations. This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.

 

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.

 

However, 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.

 

As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and stand to lose a lot more. Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world — they don’t love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars. Don’t want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice. Then there are the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. If they’re willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they’re willing to cheat in other ways?

 

Most of the time, when there is theft of goods, leaking of confidential information, dereliction of duty or outright sabotage, the reason really is something simple like wanting to get back at someone within the company or at the company as a whole. Occasionally, it is much more serious.

 

Please be extremely vigilant, particularly over the next few weeks as we ramp up the production rate to 5k/week. This is when outside forces have the strongest motivation to stop us.

 

If you know of, see or suspect anything suspicious, please send a note to [email address removed for privacy] with as much info as possible. This can be done in your name, which will be kept confidential, or completely anonymously.

 

Looking forward to having a great week with you as we charge up the super exciting ramp to 5000 Model 3 cars per week!

 

Will follow this up with emails every few days describing the progress and challenges of the Model 3 ramp.

 

Thanks for working so hard to make Tesla successful,
Elon

Hat tip to FFBJ and Ron M!

Source: CNBC, 2

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128 Comments on "UPDATE: Tesla Sues Former Employee For Sabotage And Misinformation"

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scottf200

Re: This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties. The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad.
— I wonder how many laws were broken in his actions.

Elooney Muskey

In Elon’s actions? A lot of SEC rules and a lot of laws were bent. Openly passing hints of coming short burn to his tweeter followers, twitting hints and silly jokes non-stop , sending internal emails to the tesla pravduh website run by a character that earns money via (illegal) referral credits, and so on. If this guy focused on making the products on weekends instead of twitting gibberish, may be there will be fewer fires and better products. Amazing what a billionaire can get by with in this country nowadays!

What sensitive data? Didn’t the guy open source Tesla’s patents to “save the polar bear Lars” , that no one felt a need to use in over four years? Who will care for the process to make 1980’s quality cars? ROTFLMAO.

Alonso Perez

Shorts aren’t investors, so not much for the SEC to worry about, since investors were not harmed, nor by definition was insider trading involved.

Bobo da Trada

Shorts are investors. You may not like them but they are..

jelloslug

An investor owns stock. Shorts only own liability.

Don Zenga

Investor is like a Soldier while Shortseller is like a Terrorist.
Investment is to ensure that the company grows which brings dividends and capital appreciation to the investor while creating jobs, providing taxes for the government.

Shortselling is to bet a company to fall and make money. Who wins, no one wins as the company goes down, workers lose jobs, government loses taxes and eventually economy comes down which also brings losses to shortsellers.

Lets hope all Tesla’s shortsellers burn their fingers again, it will happen in July if not in June.

G2

I like your analogy: Shorts = Financial Terrorists.

pjwood1

Great month. Totes love you guys

Brave Lil' Toaster

Shorts are *gamblers*. A short is literally a bet against a company. You might as well be buying penny mining stocks. Investors my ass.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Like it or not, “short” investors are investors.

IMHO all stock buys are a form of gambling. Shorting TSLA is merely a much riskier form of gambling than most stock investments.

Prsnep

“Shorts aren’t investors”

I think that’s kind of a moot point. The point of SEC regulations is to ensure that nobody has an unfair advantage with financial information that is not publicly available/officially circulated. With the information, whether people choose to go long or short is up to them.

John

Sorry you’ve lost so much money betting against Tesla.

Elooney Muskey

Dude, I’m shorting the “short squeeze” twitted by the scammer. Wait till it hits $0.01!

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From late August 2013 through late September 2013 the co-conspirators repeated the process. This time the stock price went from $2.19 to a high of $4.60, an increase of about 104%. Then the price dropped back about 116% to $2.13.

At its highest point the firm had a market capitalization of over $86 million. Yet the same day the firm filed a Form 10-K with the SEC reporting total assets of $6,000, revenue of $7,600 and a net loss of $103,141. By the end of December 2013 the share price of CodeSmart stock was $0.66. By the middle of the next year it was $0.01.”

Tim

Save some money to buy Preparation H, dude!

Dante

What does that have to do with Tesla?

Gasbag

Russian trolls will be/are out in full force to try to do damage control. The anti-Americans show themselves.

xcat

LOL. How many therapy appts have you missed?

Micke Larsson

Most impressive part was the stock price drop of 116%…

Pushmi-Pullyu

Hey, I didn’t know it was possible for the price of anything to drop by more than 100%, at which point it would be free. Are they paying you to take the stock?
😆 😆 😆

buutvrij

Why don’t you go short on Audi/VW since those guys really have a problem with false code’s etcetera. Porsche is not even allowed to sell cars in parts of the world right now, until next year. Jesus.

Pushmi-Pullyu

This guy is so obnoxious that I think even the other trolls would disown him.
🙄

Kbm3

Yeah. That silly jokes SEC rule in particular carries a very stiff penalty!

Clive

Well your user name alone tells what kind of loser you are.

bro1999

Odds are that info should “leak” to the media soon! Or be posted on some anonymous site. Look forward to seeing what it is!!

Unplugged

The suspect, Tripp, has denied to CNN that he is guilty of anything. He calls himself a whistleblower, and states that he is innocent.
http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/20/technology/tesla-sues-employee/index.html

Pushmi-Pullyu

Yeah, a “whistleblower”. Just like Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, who has been outed as merely a cog in the Russian information warfare / troll farm organization.

Kdawg

Hopefully they backed up all their manufacturing programs.

V2

Dont want to opy paste the post on another site (visitors there have generally positive view on EVs). However the discussion about Tesla/Elon this time was mostly critical and a lot of it had to do with lack of knowledge of how those systems work.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/tesla-model-3-production-has-been-sabotaged-according-to-cnc/?comments=1&post=35528289

William

“Reichstage Fire” inside The Fremont Tesla Plant, has been debunked as “Total Nonsense” by the Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja!

Nothing to see here, come on crew, let’s get to 5k TM 3 production this week or next, no matter what!

I thought Col. Mustard was one of the 3,000 employees that got 9%ed, during the last round of “don’t let the door hit you in the back, on your way out, while carefully carrying that accelerant”!

arne-nl

Now, if you only knew how to spell “Reichstage” correctly…

Dav8or

Reichstag indeed. This “news” reeks of media manipulation. Oh no!! Elon and Tesla are under attack!! Tesla must be getting very close to fixing the world and the forces of evil will stop at nothing to defeat them! Rally the troops!

philip d

Yeah cause corporate espionage never happens right. It’s all pure fantasy. It would certainly never happen when a new upstart auto company is on the verge of becoming profitable for the first time in a make or break moment for them. I’m sure none of those big auto execs like the ones that are now being arrested for the diesel cheating scandals would ever dream of trying to sabotage Tesla at this pivotal make or break point in their existence. Give me a break.

GuyMan
Oh come on.. – Occam’s Razor – While corporate espionage certainly happens, sabotage isn’t all that common. – And if it was corporate espionage, they did a really poor job and got caught working with the guy that’s obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed. This was likely just your basic “pissed off” employee, that didn’t get a promotion, they felt they deserved, and was out for revenge – Your basic insider threat. Very common, in the corporate world. – In this day and age, I’m glad they didn’t come and shoot up the office/boss. Now, to whom, this employee would be willing to sell this data, that’s another story, and I can see other car companies “taking advantage” of such a windfall (which makes them accessories to the crime, but regardless). I like Tesla, and I want an M3, and I thought Elon’s note was fine, up until he got to the part of speculating about “outsiders” try to sabotage them.. They had a small fire, not unheard of on a new line, where you are pushing rates and equipment to shorter cycle times – Things can break, or “halt and catch fire”. And the insider threat, is… Read more »
TwoVolts

Occam’s Razor is not the tool to reveal to us the real motivation of the offender. You seem to be making the extra assumption that corporations would never stoop so low – but that is an assumption. I’m just fine with Musk’s reminder to the troops that they should be extra vigilant. Tesla is a major disrupting force, and has enemies that stand to benefit financially if they fail.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Okay, let’s apply Occam’s Razor:

The post which started this sub-thread was written by Dav8or, a known serial Tesla bashing FUDster.

Applying Occam’s Razor, it’s most likely that anything and everything he says about Tesla is either entirely untrue or at best a half-truth, and thus should be ignored.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“I thought Elon’s note was fine, up until he got to the part of speculating about ‘outsiders’ try to sabotage them..”

Given the astounding amount of agitprop churned out over the last year or more by UAW activists, not merely grossly exaggerating reports of problems at the Fremont plant, but outright attempts to damage Tesla’s good reputation, some of which was even reported in multiple CNBC News reports as if it was true… Given all that, it seems entirely possible that outsiders encouraged or possibly even paid this employee to commit sabotage.

To suggest otherwise would be pretty naive. There are a lot of companies and political organizations with their knives sharpened and aimed at Tesla.

Nix

Occam’s Razor is that it takes two to tango, and where there is a pissed off employee selling data, there is a buyer at the other end. It doesn’t take a tool sharpener to figure out that the only people willing to pay for data and collaborate with a corrupt insider are people trying to undermine that same company.

It doesn’t take paranoia to understand that your friends don’t spend money to buy a continuous data stream from a disgruntled Tesla employee. It is your enemies who have ill intent — AKA “Outsiders”.

Now that the lawsuit has been filed detailing Tripp’s admissions of funneling data to no less than 4 “outsiders” when confronted with the proof he did it, we don’t even need Occam’s Razor anymore. We have Tripp’s own admissions to rely upon.

Gasbag

Spasibo comrade Dav8or.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Somebody there has WAAAAAY too much access……..ROTFLMAO.

Mister G

I always thought that supply chain sabotage by fossil fuel mafia was in the mix and this might be a fossil fuel paid agent. GO TESLA GO DESTROY DIRTY GAS GUZZLERS AND DIESELS CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP PEOPLE co2.earth

anonomous

The real Mister G has a G icon.

bro1999

Each one of Mister G’s post should start out with 10 downvotes to save people the trouble of clicking the thumbs down, as they are all equally useless like the above comment.

Mister G

Bro1999 aka Bob Lutz are you happy or sad today? CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS thanks for caring about our planet co2.earth

Ron Swanson's Mustache

Every time you post something like this, Fred Krupp buys stock in Duke Energy for their coal fired power plants.

gagaga

irony ?

Ron Swanson's Mustache

Every time you post something like this, Al Gore spins up a coal-powered internet server.

stimpacker

So sad to see engineers without ethics these days…..
Whatever happened to the high road?

Magnus H

It’s the same people that glorify “Office Space”.

Ron Swanson's Mustache

What’s this I hear about you forgetting the covers on your TPS reports?

Steven

Money. It’s one heck of a motivator.

pjwood1

These days, you can dress up a contract worker with a salary, treat them as an employee, then lay them off like a contract worker – and be thanked.

What next. Bro branding?

drpawansharma

Really shameful. When will competitors learn to compete fair and square and not hit below the belt.

Mark.ca

Who needs cable when you have Tesla entertainment?
On a more serious note, i would not be surprised if some of the employees got corrupted by the big money thrown at them by the many entities that can benefit from this type of insider info.

bro1999

Or disgruntled being treated like a slave and abused by Elon, so decided to get revenge. Lone wolf actor.
Why do you TSLA nuts always assume it is some huge conspiracy at work? Jesus.

Pushmi-Pullyu

A Tesla Hater cultist protesting there isn’t any “huge conspiracy at work” to destroy Tesla is about as convincing as a bedsheet-wearing KKK member claiming there’s no such thing as racism!

Dude, you are part of that huge conspiracy. You prove it almost every day!

xcat

Now that’s the bro I know! Disgruntled much with the overpriced econoBolt?

bro1999

Nope! And even if I was disgruntled for some reason, I’d still not nearly be as disgruntled as the saps still waiting for their $35k base Model 3. 😀

xcat

Those “SAPS” can get a used model S or be a bit more patient. Selling higher margin cars is naturally the best business move. They’re still processing day 1 reservation holders. I was so turned off my Bolt test drive. Car wreaked of instant depreciation, cut corners, and low quality.

SansIce

go away annoying little troll

Nix

Disgruntled? His posts smell more like 100% grunt. Bull grunt.

Mark.ca

Going to all this trouble and risking jail time to make the world a better place. Very noble of him… And I’m supposed to be the naive one? LOL!

philip d

“Each one of” bro1999’s “post should start out with 10 downvotes to save people the trouble of clicking the thumbs down, as they are all equally useless like the above comment.”

Pushmi-Pullyu

Better yet, InsideEVs should allow readers the option of not seeing any comments with a net negative rating of -6 or so, or whatever level the reader wants to set. That way we would never even have to skip over most of MadBro’s comments.

Gasbag

“disgruntled being treated like a slav”

Who will soon be treated like a prisoner by the authorities. We’ll see how he likes it when his cell mate Bubba gives him a promotion.

Jack

LOL, Anyone out there who still takes this guy seriously?

bro1999

The many TSLA cultists out there! The Tesla base is probably just as solid as Trump’s base! The Elon/Trump parallels are amazing really.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Oh, I thought Trump was your role model. I mean, you say things that are clearly and demonstrably not true almost as often as he does!

philip d

“Each one of” bro1999’s “posts should start out with 10 downvotes to save people the trouble of clicking the thumbs down, as they are all equally useless like the above comment.”

Gasbag

Comrade bro, Our great leader Vladimir extends his gratitude for your efforts.

tm

Even left wing mass media notices parallels. Quote from N.Y. Times about your idol (whatever one):
“He is prone to unhinged Twitter eruptions. He can’t handle criticism. He scolds the news media for its purported dishonesty and threatens to create a Soviet-like apparatus to keep tabs on it. He suckers people to fork over cash in exchange for promises he hasn’t kept. He’s a billionaire whose business flirts with bankruptcy. He’s sold himself as an establishment-crushing iconoclast when he’s really little more than an unusually accomplished B.S. artist. His legions of devotees are fanatics and, let’s face it, a bit stupid.”

Pushmi-Pullyu

Reads like UAW agitprop. If it’s from what you’re calling the “left wing media”, then that’s probably the origin.

If the NYT repeated that union agitprop, well that’s just another sign that the journalism standards at the NYT are not what they once were. 🙁

gagaga

The information contained in this mail is virtually zero.
Conspirary fantasies based on what ??

bro1999

Elon’s paranoid mind.

Clive

Coming from a complete one-sided story teller…

You have no idea what is inside Elon’s mind!

gagaga

remarkable however, that Elon now repeatedly talks about the possibility of Tesla “dying” (the last time wrt to Model3 pricing).
So we are prepared, and we will know whom to blame…

Pushmi-Pullyu

Can I have some of what you’re smokin’?
🙄

GuyMan
I want (very much) Tesla to succeed, as they single handily have advanced EVs more than every other car company combined (IMHO), but look at their last 10-Q, http://ir.tesla.com/secfiling.cfm?filingID=1564590-18-11086&CIK=1318605 – They really are hurting around cash flow. Yes, I know they are buying assets, building factories, etc, and I applaud them for that (having the willingness to spend that capital on super chargers, etc.) – But the $$ well isn’t endless, and Elon has done them no favors saying they will not do another offering this year. (that would be the easier short term way out). Their bond rating is now poor, he’s pissed off financial analysists for no real good reason, and they have over >$1B due next year. – So be honest, their current financial situation isn’t great. I hope they hit the 5K/week M3 rate, and the energy storage market helps them, but they really need to “come up” for some air, and demonstrate (not just have Elon talk about it) some sustained profits. In 2019, they can go another offering, and use the Semi or MY as a reason, but their backs are really against the wall now.. He should stop with the flamethrowers, the talk… Read more »
BenG

With a stock price of $350, Tesla can raise money in the stock market with ease.

GuyMan

How in the world is that possible, unless they are willing to issue new shares – Which Elon has specifically said they will NOT do another offering this year? –

BenG

There are only 6 months left in this year … and Elon has said stuff in the past that didn’t turn out to be accurate after circumstances unfolded, so I don’t see any giant barriers to Tesla issuing new shares if they need the money.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“How in the world is that possible, unless they are willing to issue new shares…”

Not specifically raising money “in the stock market”, but:

1. Selling bonds, which Tesla has issued and quite possibly will again

2. Taking advantage of existing lines of credit. There was a report around the beginning of this year that Elon had taken steps to extend Tesla’s lines of credit.

A high stock price supports both of those ways of raising funds.

Pushmi-Pullyu

I was specifically refuting your claim that “…Elon now repeatedly talks about the possibility of Tesla ‘dying’…”

I challenge you to provide even a single citation where Elon is quoted as having talked about Tesla “dying”, or any quote from him carrying that meaning.

gagaga

“Can I have some of what you’re smokin’?”
Thats exactly what I asked myself when reading Musks email.
For my part, I consume the balance sheet and P&Ls of Tesla.
–> quite mind-blowing stuff

Clive

Listen Lady Gaga, with no risk, comes zero gain!

Loboc

Apparently 5k production is more important than SoD (SOx) and DLP controls. ISO change controls are either not there or are ignored. Direct access to Production systems should be highly restricted.

Who expects a promotion when their employer is engaged in rif activities?

bro1999

I’m sure it was just some barnacle contractor that Elon missed scraping off the first time.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Would you provide an English translation, please? Thanks.

V2

Already posted the link above but it seems people really don’t quite understand what goes into manufacturing machines.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/tesla-model-3-production-has-been-sabotaged-according-to-cnc/?comments=1&post=35528289

Dimitrij

I don’t know what to make of this memo, but the “rEVolution” is clearly not in any danger of fizzling out, and/but its headquarters are half a world away from California, in another People’s Republic:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-magna-intl-jv-china/canadas-magna-partners-with-baic-unit-to-make-electric-cars-in-china-idUSKBN1JE1AD

For those who have not heard of Magna before, it’s a contract manufacturer that already makes for i-Pace for Tata Motors in Austria

TeslaPlease

If Elon’s letter to employees is an accurate representation of the event, he has just disclosed multiple (potential) flaws in Tesla’s Risk Management posture that can be easily exploited.

I see iFOUR IF NOT MORE bad internal information security processes that allowed this sabotage to occur.

bro1999

When you can barely get a production line up and running properly, things like IT network security get glossed over, I guess. Whoops.

Kbm3

Cute that industrial sabotage makes you so gleeful.

What went wrong in your life to cause such hate?

Mark.ca

He was rear-ended by a Tesla. 🙂
No, he was not driving…

jelloslug

He bought the wrong car.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Exactly. He’s mad ‘cuz he got a Bolt EV rather than a Model 3, and he decided to blame Elon for his poor decision. 😉

V2

Will keep adding this response to every such comment. These are not some laptops that you “lock down”. These are industrial machines. Some of them, even manufactured recently, run code from decades ago in languages that are almost never used for programming anymore. The key is that someone making a change to one machine, small deviation of a parameter or offset, will not be noticed until match later and once noticed, you will not easily know and track where the deviation started. Most of those machines/robots allow engineers to make “on the fly” changes due to their output being mechanical/analog thus variable with conditions and even how recently a calibration was done.

Not trying to validate what is claimed is what happened, but to blame a company for not having good change control management for something like this is not understanding how manufacturing works.

GuyMan
I DO understand how manufacturing works, and your grossly oversimplifying things – It depends on what’s being manufacturing, the level of IP involved, and the cost and profit/margin around the product. In some areas of the plant (especially in areas associated with 3 letter govt agencies), things REALLY ARE locked down that tight – With isolated networks, and very rigid access and change controls. Security cameras are everywhere, and all keystrokes on systems are recorded and reviewed. What your saying is true about making bricks, but for anything involving safety systems, change control and security are EXTREMELY rigid, and ANY change gets several reviews and sign offs. In some cases, no one single person can make a change (2 man rule). So it depends on what your making, in terms of what is “locked down” or not. Most of our systems monitor recipe or SP changes, and only allow operational changes within some limit. The number of engineers, that have access to source or PLC code, is typically controlled. Some internal routines are maintained by corporate groups, and code is internally obsficated and encrypted from local access. So yea, not all factories just allow “whatever you want”, once your in… Read more »
Nix

They caught him in a matter of weeks. The controls worked.

Ron Swanson's Mustache

I guess this explains the choice of music at the end of the Tesla Semi reveal event last year…

FUMusk

no one really believes this guys BS right? stop blaming other people for your failures Vanilla Musk. it is getting tiresome of you blaming others for your setbacks

Nelson

It’s not too farfetched to imagine that Tesla competitors and oil industry moguls would pay individuals to obtain jobs at Tesla in order to spy and toss an occasional monkey wrench in operations. Heck if I owned a dealership, I would ask my son to get a job at a Tesla delivery center and perform gremlin activities. If caught just play the disgruntle employee card.

NPNS! SBF!
Volt671 + BoltEV + Model 3

Don Zenga

For every company that received email from this rogue employee, there should be a token fine of $ 1 million if they share it / use it. If the company ignore the email, then the fine should be refunded. Instead if they misuse it, they should be fined severely.

And this rogue employee should be put in jail in the same cell that Audi’s ex boss is placed. Every day a diesel vehicle should be turned on in that cell for few minutes for both of them to smell and enjoy.

Fed should conduct an investigation to see the automakers, oil companies and investors who are behind this rogue employee.

Pushmi-Pullyu

While I sympathize with your feelings here, at the same time I’m very glad I live in a country with strong freedom of speech protections, where sharing info is encouraged, and there are no Thought Police waiting in the shadows to arrest you if you share info (unless it’s government-classified), even if it’s the dishonest fruit of industrial espionage.

xcat

I wonder if Martin’s related to bro1999?

scott franco

Why is it I get the feeling someday Elon will be lying on a bed in his old age yelling “rosebud” at the staff…

MikeG

Having worked for tech companies, where disclosure is frowned upon, I am not surprised that Tesla sued their former employee. Hope Tesla takes his/her house, car and all their money.

Ron M

I still haven’t heard if he’s been arrested and if not why not.
Also is the FBI involved in an investigation like this. Hopefully they fine who he’s been sending information too. I guess he may be the one short sellers have been getting there fake information from,

Pushmi-Pullyu

Nah, the short-selling FUDsters are capable of thinking up their own lies, on a daily basis. Gotta give them credit for being endlessly inventive, altho it is a massive group effort on their part!

If you doubt that, just look at the scores or hundreds of Tesla bashing comments posted every day, just on Seeking Alpha alone!

Pushmi-Pullyu

Sad that just one troublemaker can cause so much damage. 🙁

I worked with a guy who was faking his production numbers at a call center. In hindsight it was extremely obvious he was faking the numbers. As one of my co-workers put it, “I wondered how he could claim to have done a thousand calls in one night, since the packets we were assigned only had 300!” Management said they planned to sue him for fraud.

Amazing how much trouble people can talk themselves into causing, ignoring what is inevitably going to happen to them as a result.

As I like to say: Human beings are not rational animals!

tftf

Rational people look at both sides of a story.

Did you?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/20/tesla-sues-former-employee-as-elon-musk-signals-hunt-for-saboteurs/?utm_term=.c0ff0b6553f1

Hmm…not so clear anymore.

Let the courts decide.

Nix

nope, still very clear. Tripp is just desperately attempting to dodge the massive legal liability he’s just found himself under. He’s simply continuing his same campaign of lies against Tesla.

But it isn’t too surprising that admitted TSLA shorters like yourself, who has openly admitting to shorting TSLA, and are constantly posting anti-Tesla posts, is buying into the propaganda of a crook who finally admitted to his bad acts after Tesla showed him the proof of his wrongdoings.

Don Zenga

Find out those companies that bribed this thief and slap a billion $ fine on them.

Clive

Now Martin has to hire a Nevada Lawyer to represent him.

What a complete tool!

Nix

Reviewing the lawsuit, it is very clear that this Business Insider is the falsified story that is the subject of the lawsuit. Interestingly, Business Insider has neither updated this story to include that the story is part of this lawsuit, nor even acknowledged that Tripp was their source:

http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-3-scrap-waste-high-gigafactory-2018-5

In fact, their reporting of the issue completely ignores their own role:

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/tesla-sues-employee-elon-musk-said-committed-sabotage-2018-6-1027263528

An honest news organization would be RUSHING to put an update/disclaimer on any story they originated where they even suspected was caught up in a lawsuit such as this.

tftf

How about an update to saboteur vs whisteblower?

See my links below.

Nix

How about a disgruntled fired employee who is desperate to lie in order to get out of the massive legal jeopardy his actions have caused him? Jails are full of people who claim they didn’t do it…. What did you expect?

But since you are a known admitted TSLA shorter, who has by your own words stated you have shorted TSLA stocks, it certainly isn’t unexpected that you would rush to defend this criminal. As expected.

MaxiServo

Rumors are circulating the whistleblower was getting proof of the actual condition of production at Tesla. Despite all the positive statements from Elon and the job cuts, investors are still concerned Tesla is approaching a cash crisis and will not meet sustained production goals.

The whistleblower is not being arrested / charged because Tesla / Elon are hoping to encourage the whistleblower to not disseminate what was retrieved in lieu of pressing charges.

Stay tuned.

tftf
Nix

Disgruntled fired employee is disgruntled, and tries to defend his admitted bad acts by any means possible. Even long after he has already admitted to his bad acts.

Jails are full of people who claim they didn’t do it…. What did you expect?

tftf

“Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower, alarmed by company practices and Elon Musk”

We will see who is right..

Nix

Go back to Russia, troll. Tesla filed the suit right now because:

1) It freezes both Tripp and his co-conspirators from destroying evidence of their crimes.
2) It opens the door for discovery where Tesla can then compel the production of evidence so that Tesla can then sue the co-conspirators for their criminal actions.
3) Tesla doesn’t have the power to arrest/charge Tripp. So your conspiracy nuttery is completely silly as it simply isn’t up to Tesla if/when Tripp is charged criminally. Nor does this lawsuit preclude charges being filed by authorities at any time on their schedule. You have created a false either/or fallacy.

Sadly websites haven’t learned from Facebook’s massive error of turning a blind eye to people abusing their platform to intentionally spread lies. So there is no option but to call your “rumor” bullpucky for what it really is: Propaganda and lies intentionally made to distort reality. You know it is a lie, and you post lies intentionally. Now GTFOUFT.

Nix

Tesla doesn’t have to negotiate Jack, you transparent propaganda poster. They already have Tripp’s ADMISSION to his illegal actions after he tried to lie and say he did nothing, and then when confronted with the evidence he coughed up the truth. Any attempt at further falsifying data would just up the charges and draw a court injunction.

David Green
Nix

It is beginning to sound like every anti-Tesla troll is going to blindly buy into the lies, excuses, and feeble attempts at evading the repercussions of his actions, of someone who got caught red handed and admitted he did it when Tesla showed him the evidence. It is beginning to sound like “two sides to the story” is the new talking point for trolls.

Are you buying into Tripp’s “shooters on the grassy knoll” theory that just coincidentally THREE OTHER employees must have conspired to run the same program to transmit data to third parties, and that it wasn’t him that set up that program on their computers?

Do you really think that it is more likely that there is actually some massively broader conspiracy going on, coincidentally at the exact same time as Tripp contacted Business Insider with false information, and in the same department as Tripp worked?

Nix

The update to the story should be Tripp’s impotent rage telling his friend he was going to shoot up the Tesla Gigafactory. Luckily the authorities were able to determine his treats to shoot up the place were the impotent rage of a loser without credible means to carry out his threats.

For some reason that hasn’t made it into the updates, even though it has been splashed all across the national news.

Nix

Tripp claiming to be a whistleblower is undermined by the facts. He hacked 3 co-worker’s computers and set them all up to transfer data to third parties. At first he denied doing it, then when shown the proof, admitted that he did it.

Now he claims it was just to be a “whistleblower” and he never hacked those computers.

The only way that could be true, is if ON TOP of him admitting that he was the sole source for the Business Insider story, that there WERE THREE MORE employees that somehow at the same time conspired against Tesla by sending data to third parties. Just coincidentally at the same time Tripp admits to being the Business Insider story source.

The only way that would be possible was if there were actually a much bigger criminal conspiracy involving multiple conspirators inside Tesla all running the same program to send out data. That simply doesn’t pass the sniff test. But I fully expect every shorter and troll here to buy into this, not even realizing they are buying into this sort of massive conspiracy!! LOL!

Nix

The funniest piece of conspiracy nuttery surrounding this is the claim that Tesla invented the entire thing just to distract from their Model 3 production numbers. For that to be true, the following would have had to happen:

1) Tesla would have had to have leaked the falsehoods to Business Insider themselves almost a month ago, pretending to be Tripp.
2) Tesla would have had to have gotten Tripp to agree to talk to the Washington Post and admit he was the one who talked to Business Insider.
3) Tesla and Tripp would have had to have conspired to file false lawsuits against each other in court.
4) Tripp’s friend would have had to have joined the conspiracy and falsely report to police that Tripp threatened to shoot up the Gigafactory.

That is a pretty amazing conspiracy to believe in!! Especially for folks who deny it is possible for Tripp to have committed industrial espionage because THAT would be too much of a conspiracy to believe. Somehow that is more unbelievable to the these trolls, despite Uber paying Waymo $245M for Uber admitting to stealing exactly this kind of information in the exact same market sector!!!