• Mar 5, 2009
The breathless style of writing at which Valleywag has made a name for itself isn't the sort of thing we often link to, but we'll make an exception today. According to the Gawker team, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not making any friends in his own company; in fact, Valleywag claims that Musk recently tried to pinpoint people on his team who may be leaking confidential information to the media. The tactic - sending each employee a slightly altered version of an email about stopping the leaks and then checking to see which version made it to the media. It reportedly backfired in a pretty big way. Valleywag reports that Musk did not let his own executives know of this plan to smoke out the leaker. One of them unknowingly forwarded his version of the email within the company, which made it clear to the rest of Tesla's workforce that they were being set up.

We contacted Tesla about this story, but got a simple "No Comment." That's fine for us, but it might be a long, long month before the Model S unveiling on the 26th. Follow the source link to read a version of the email, presumably one of many, that Musk sent to his employees. Thanks to Yanquetino for the tip!

[Source: Valleywag]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The vast majority of Tesla is his money. If the actual employees have a problem they can go work for the big 3. Tesla has had leaks before, and considering the Model S is a big deal for the company I can imagine he really doesn't want this leaked. This is no worse than than my company tracking how much you go on bathroom and cigarette breaks (I caught a guy on camera who spent 3 of his 8 hours a day chit chatting, smoking, eating and hiding in the bathroom every day)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give it another two years Tesla will be dead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it really that big of a deal? The bad thing is that it backfired but if he doesn't want employees leaking information that they agreed to not, then what's wrong with firing them? I side with Musk on this
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tricky, tricky. Reminds of the everybody's favorite late-night favorite tv show, Cheaters.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Regardless of whether the leaker is caught, it would seem the effect will be the same - at least for now the leaks will end, unless the person letting the news out is incredibly stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or unless they just summarize the memo instead of blindly forwarding it along.
        • 5 Years Ago
        see, now this would get me cross and i would leak info just for revenge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is Elon Musk's world, we just receive slightly tweaked versions of it to see who is paying attention...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if the absent minded executive will shortly become an ex-executive with Tesla? ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not absent-minded, just uninformed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure they could do a search on their email servers for emails sent to the valleywag domain. I bet the leaker forwarded emails directly and didn't even bother with downloading the to a mem stick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure no one has thought of such a cunning plan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tesla is such a train wreck.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a jackass
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an idiot... i could swear i saw this done on TV once to similar results.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, what a passive-aggressive way of handling what he feels is a problem. No doubt he's realizing that karma's a bitch :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAA! I'm sure he hates Henrik!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fisker Karma at that...
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