First Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD built; Musk claims company was "sabotaged"

Elon Musk emails Tesla workers about 'extensive and damaging sabotage' by an employee

"I$3 t's way better than the other GA assembly line that cost hundreds of millions!" he wrote in one tweet, before proclaiming, "Not sure we actually need a building". The person has changed the code of an internal application (Tesla Manufacturing Operating System) under false usernames and exported large amounts of sensitive data to outsiders.

The company-wide email was also leaked ahead of yet another important production milestone for the Model 3 sedan, which Musk had predicted will reach the 5,000 cars per week rate by the end of June 2018.

CNBC obtained an email sent by Musk to every Tesla worker on Sunday.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has accused an employee of carrying out "extensive and damaging sabotage" at the electric carmaker. "In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move", the email reads.

Musk went on to say that there is more to the situation and an investigation is looking into whether the employee was acting alone, with others at Tesla or with outside organizations.

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.

These, in Musk's words, include "Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars", "oil and gas companies", as well as "big gas/diesel auto company competitors".

The Tesla CEO's messages to employees come days after some 3,000 Tesla employees were dismissed, representing almost a tenth of the entire workforce. It "could just be a random event", Musk said, but then quoted the title of the late former Intel Corp.

Driving this point home, CNBC also reported that on Monday morning he sent out a second memo regarding a small but "strange" fire that had broken out Sunday night on a production line, but was quickly extinguished.

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.

Last week, Musk announced that 9% of the company's workforce was being laid off, without specifying an exact number.

The tweet was in response to a question that referenced short sellers being concerned about Tesla's recent manufacturing expansion.

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