>> Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said the company was sabotaged. That's according to an email to employees seen by Reuters. On Monday, he emailed employees writing that an unnamed Tesla employee had conducted, quote, extensive and damaging sabotage to the company's operations, allegedly making code changes to its manufacturing operation system and sending sensitive Tesla data to unnamed third parties.
The CEO wrote, quote, the full extent of his actions are not yet clear but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad. The employee's motivation, Musk said, was not getting a promotion. Musk said, they are investigating whether the employee acted alone. Noting that organizations like oil and gas companies, car rivals, and Wall Street short sellers want Tesla to, quote, die.
In a separate email Monday, Musk informed employees of a small fire at a company facility which could have been a random event but still he asked employees to be on the lookout for anything that's not in the best interest of the company. Reuters could not indepedently confirm any of the claims in the email and a company spokeswoman declined to comment.
This comes amid high scrutiny of the car company. Last week, the Silicon Valley billionaire announced 9% of the company's workforce was being laid off. And on Friday, actress Mary McCormack posted this video of a Tesla model S in flames, tweeting, quote, this is what happened to my husband and his car today.
No accident, out of the blue in traffic. The company is investigating. Tesla's future long term profitability hinges on wrapping up its model three output which is intended for mass production.