Several employees, from different divisions within Tesla, confirmed the receipt of the email to CNBC.
Currently, Tesla is increasing production to reach its previously established goal of 5,000 models 3 a week by the end of June. Last week, Tesla announced a broad restructuring, cutting at least 9 percent of its workforce. The workers who actively participate in the production of Model 3 will not be affected, the company said.
Tesla declined to comment on the email.
From: Elon Musk
Subject: Some news on
June 17, 2018
11:57 p. M.
I was dismayed to know this weekend a Tesla employee who had carried out a very extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations. This included making code changes directly to the Tesla manufacturing operating system under fake usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.
The full scope of his actions is not yet clear, but what he has admitted is that it is now quite bad. His declared motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. In light of these actions, not promoting it definitely was the right move.
However, there may be much more in this situation than it seems, so the investigation will continue in depth this week. We need to find out if he was acting alone or with others in Tesla and if he was working with external organizations.
As you know, there is a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and can lose much more. Then there are the oil and gas companies, the richest industry in the world; They do not like the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar energy and electric cars. I do not want to drive you crazy, but rumor has it that these companies are sometimes not super nice. Then there is the multitude of big competitors of the gas / diesel car company. If they are willing to cheat so much about emissions, are they perhaps willing to cheat in other ways?
Most of the time, when there is a theft of merchandise, a leak of confidential information, negligence in the performance of duty or an absolute sabotage, the reason really is something as simple as wanting to return the respect to someone within the company or in the company in general. Occasionally, it is much more serious.
Be very careful, especially during the next few weeks, as we increase the production speed to 5k / week. This is when the external forces have the strongest motivation to stop us.
If you know, see or suspect something suspicious, send a note to [ deleted email address for privacy ] with as much information as possible. This can be done in your name, which will be kept confidential or completely anonymous.
We hope to have a great week with you as we load the super exciting ramp of 5,000 model 3 cars per week!
follow this with emails every few days describing the progress and challenges of the Model 3 ramp.
Thank you for working so hard to make Tesla successful,