Elon Musk has it out with suspected Tesla saboteur

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But the employee, Martin Tripp, told The Washington Post that he did not tamper with internal systems and is instead a whistleblower who spoke out after seeing "some really scary things" inside the company, including dangerously punctured batteries installed in cars. After receiving notification of a threat, Tesla notified police and increased its security presence at the Nevada facility.

While Tesla's lawyers say Tripp, who was sacked last week after working as a technician at the Gigafactory for about eight months, was upset over losing a promotion, Tripp says the row between him and the company was borne over his role as a whistleblower. The company did not respond to requests for comment. "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".

Martin Tripp was that employee. Tesla representatives have said they would not ship cars that have safety concerns.

Tripp said he did not hack into Tesla computers, saying, "I don't have the patience for coding".

Tesla alleges in the suit that its investigators confronted Tripp in June of this year with evidence of his wrongdoing, and Tripp admitted to transferring several gigabytes of data to third parties and creating software that hacked the company's operating system. "I could literally care less".

Marty to his friends - says he's a whisteblower being smeared for speaking out about standards and safety at the company, and deserves protection.

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Also it is interesting CNBC's Lora Kolodny, who likely used Tripp as a source for a series of scathing pieces on Tesla, isn't mentioning that fact in the current reporting of his "shooting up the place". With 40,000 people, the worst 1 in 1,000 will have issues.

The lawsuit highlights a widespread paranoia over information theft in the fiercely competitive industries of advanced manufacturing and self-driving cars. He was passed over for a promotion and reassigned after managers found his demeanor to be "disruptive and combative" with colleagues. He told CNN in a separate interview that he found 1,100 damaged batteries were installed in Tesla's Model 3 cars and are now on the road and being driven by unsuspecting drivers.

Because of Tripp's conduct, lawyers said, Tesla had suffered "cruel and unjust hardship" and "lost business, lost profits and damage to its goodwill". Tesla believes that this was also meant to implicate others as guilty parties, deferring blame on Tripp in case his actions were exposed.

But the emails show Musk duking it out with Tripp, calling him a "horrible human being" who should be "ashamed" of himself and face "legal penalties". Tripp didn't hold back, responding, "You have what's coming to you for the lies you have told to the public and investors".

Tripp said he left his previous job with a medical-device company and moved his family to Nevada to work for Tesla, believing it was "a golden opportunity".

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