Tesla Inc’s chief executive Elon Musk accused an employee of “extensive and damaging sabotage” to the company’s operations in an email which was sent on Monday to company employees.
Musk, in his mail had mentioned that an employee had made code changes to the company’s operating system and exported “large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.”
The company is in the process of investigating whether the employee “was working with any outside organizations,” the email said.
“As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die,” Musk wrote, listing Wall Street short-sellers, oil and gas companies, and car company rivals.
A company spokeswoman did not respond to the questions when asked for comments on the whole situation.
The accusations of sabotaging the codes of the company came a week after Elon Musk announced layoffs for at least 9 percent of the company’s workforce. Although, Musk said that the reorganization does not impact production associates and is not expected to delay manufacturing targets, thousands of employees are likely to lose their jobs.
Tesla has been struggling to ramp up the production of its Model 3 sedan, which was initially intended for mass production and is going to be critical to helping the company achieve long-term profitability.
Tesla’s stock price slipped 53 cents to $370.30 in after-hours trading after the news came out.