Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday reportedly tried to discredit a former safety worker who alleges that the automotive maker spied on staff and saved quiet about drug-trafficking at its battery manufacturing facility.
Karl Hansen made the allegations in a whistleblower tip he submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month. Hansen’s attorneys made the allegations public in a press statement launched Thursday.
Tesla and Musk haven’t responded to a number of requests from Business Insider for remark about Hansen’s claims. But in a direct message Gizmodo says it received from Musk, the CEO reportedly attacked Hansen and dismissed his allegations, however did not explicitly deny them.
“This guy is super [nuts],” Musk reportedly advised Gizmodo, utilizing the emoji for a peanut.
The assertion from Hansen’s attorneys accuses Musk of personally authorizing Tesla’s security team to install equipment that would allow the company to eavesdrop on employees’ cell-phone communications. According to the assertion, the safety staff then used it to spy on staff, together with Martin Tripp, one other Tesla whistleblower.
Hansen additionally alleges that the safety staff and Tesla failed to disclose to shareholders and law-enforcement officers a $37 million theft of supplies from the corporate’s Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility, and allegations drug-trafficking ring linked to a Mexican cartel existed inside that facility.
Musk dismissed the allegations
In his direct message to Gizmodo, Musk steered that these fees have been contradictory and ludicrous.
“He is simultaneously saying that our security sucks (it’s not great, but I’m pretty sure we aren’t a branch of the Sinaloa cartel like he claims) and that we have amazing spying ability,” he stated, in accordance to Gizmodo. “Those can’t both be true.”
Tesla’s safety staff includes employees who formerly worked for a notorious security group at Uber that allegedly spied on rivals, in accordance to the assertion from Hansen’s attorneys. Among these former Uber safety staff now at Tesla is Nick Gicinto, who’s now the electric-car firm’s head of safety, in accordance to the assertion.
Without saying whether or not Gicinto or his former colleagues at Uber now work at Tesla, Musk defended Gicinto to Gizmodo. The outlet ought to learn the suit Gicinto and his colleagues filed towards the previous Uber worker who made the allegations concerning the safety staff spying on the app-based taxi firm’s rivals, Musk stated.
“Nick Jacinto (sic) was thrown under the bus by Uber for the sins of others,” he reportedly stated, including: “He has shown high integrity in my dealings with him.”