[H]ardOCP: Tesla to Close a Dozen Solar Facilities in 9 States

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[H]ardOCP: Tesla to Close a Dozen Solar Facilities in 9 States

A former employee hacked into computers at Tesla's Nevada battery factory, stole confidential information and combined it with falsehoods in leaks to the media, the electric vehicle maker alleged in a federal lawsuit. Not only did he steal several gigabytes of privileged data, he also wrote computer code to periodically export Tesla's data to people outside the company and made several false statements to the press according to the lawsuit.

Martin Tripp has been identified and confirmed to be the Tesla former employee responsible for hacking and leaking sensitive company data.

According to Omelyan, such companies as Hutchison Ports, DP World, General Electric, Bombardier, Tesla and Ryanair should remain in Ukraine.

The company also alleges that Tripp sent photographs and data to unspecified third parties including financial information and battery manufacturing details. The email was the latest turn in an us-versus-them narrative that has seen Musk blame short-sellers, Big Oil, the media, and now his own employees for Tesla's production problems. The closures had not yet been disclosed, but are part of the 9% workforce cuts announced last week, Reuters said. The company pitched the acquisition as an ideal complement to electric vehicles, though some critics argued the move would bring undue risk during a critical growth stage.

The suit also alleges that Tripp took the untoward step because he sought retaliation for not being promoted due to performance issues.

So in the brief time in which Tripp has been on Musk's radar as a potential threat, he's already facing a lawsuit from a multi-billion dollar company and accusations of being a potential mass-shooter.

In a statement to CNBC this week, Tripp claims that he is a whistleblower rather than a saboteur. He said he now believes Musk is a "narcissist" who "only cares about himself".

The exchange had began with Mr Tripp saying: "You have what's coming to you for the lies you have told to the public and investors". "I'm a scapegoat because I provided information that is absolutely true", he said. Business Insider has contacted Tesla for comment.

Tesla, meanwhile, is asking the court for permission to search Tripp's computers, emails, online messages and phone calls.

"Last night, the structure outside our factory that houses the cardboard and other wood and paper products that are being recycled caught fire", the spokesperson said, adding that no injuries were reported, and the company was investigating the cause.

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