Tesla Sues Saboteur, Elon Tweets About Tents And Factories In Europe

Ivan Schwartz
June 25, 2018

The plan was to combine Tesla's storage capabilities with SolarCity's solar technology "to create fully integrated residential, commercial and grid-scale products that improve the way that energy is generated, stored, and consumed", the company said in 2016.

For companies like Tesla that are consistently under the microscope of the public eye, negative press can easily hurt sales.

Additionally, Tripp has been accused of making false statements to the media.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned company employees of a saboteur who, according to Musk, had exported large amounts of company data to unknown parties and had also altered Tesla's proprietary. Tripp, though, spoke to The Washington Post and CNNMoney on Wednesday evening and claimed to be a whistleblower seeking to expose risky practices and inaccurate public statements at Tesla.

Tripp says he is being made a "scapegoat" for telling the truth.

Musk commented on the email exchange, calling it "unwise" on his part and further stated: "He initiated the email exchange this morning at 8.57am".

On Wednesday, documents were filed with the federal court of Nevada alleging that he stole company trade secrets and sabotaged its manufacturing plant. In a statement to Reuters, Tesla noted that the company still expects to grow its solar and battery business over time.

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Electric auto maker Tesla Inc's move last week to cut nine percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6-billion (R35.1-billion) deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees. Post reporter Drew Harwell later tweeted that Tripp told him Musk emailed him shortly after the lawsuit today to say he was a "horrible person".

Tesla refuted Tripp's claims to being a whistleblower and said his claims are exaggerated or misconstrued. He suggested, in response to a tweet from Ars Technica reporter Cyrus Favriar, that Mr Tripp may not be an isolated case. "Threatening me only makes it worse for you", Musk replied. You're a frightful human being.

Tripp said he was interrogated at work last week and fired over the phone Tuesday by a human-resources representative.

No German cars among top-selling all-electric vehicles Tiny and a bit whimsical, but. However, betraying your word of honor, breaking the deal you had when Tesla gave you a job and framing your colleagues are wrong and some come with legal penalties.

Musk told The Guardian that emails were "unwise" on his part. And I was living the mission: "to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy", he said.

Tripp claims all of this is false and that he never hacked anything, saying he doesn't even possess the coding skills that would require.

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