Disgruntled Tesla employee did 'extensive and damaging sabotage'

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Musk wrote that the company would investigate the matter this week, and Tesla needed to determine whether the person was acting alone or in concert with "any outside organizations".

Tesla has been going through a hard time lately, facing safety questions over its Autopilot system, layoffs, and production issues with its Model 3.

CEO Elon Musk reportedly delivered the statement to Tesla employees via email after previously notifying the employees that production was shut down for a short time due to a possibly unrelated small factory fire.

Although the company declined to comment on the email officially, several employees confirmed they had received it and shared its full text with the news outlet.

Engineer and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk of The Boring Company listens as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about constructing a high-speed transit tunnel at Block 37 during a news conference on June 14 in Chicago, Illinois. "In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move", the email reads.

In it, he revealed that a disgruntled employee who was passed over for a promotion had "conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations". Further, he has expressed his concern over the long list of organisations who want Tesla to die for their personal benefits including Wall Street short-sellers, oil and gas companies, big gas/diesel vehicle companies among others. 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. "Occasionally, it is much more serious".

"Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, "Only the paranoid survive" Musk wrote, referring to the late CEO of Intel. Last week, Musk announced that he was reorganizing the company and shrinking Tesla's workforce by 9 percent in a bid for profitability.

Tesla is dismissing more than 3,000 workers from its California headquarters and beyond, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The news comes on the heels of another Musk tweet that congratulated employees for building the first all-wheel-drive Performance version of the Model 3.

Despite a dip on Tuesday, Tesla stock has climbed for seven consecutive days and more than US$19 billion has been added to the automaker's market capitalisation in the past month, in part due to the confidence Musk has expressed in achieving the Model 3 production target.