The paranoia from inside of Tesla continues. The company is still not happy about the amount of information that is escaping its closed doors, so it recently wrote another email to its employees threatening, among other things, criminal charges, for leaking information or talking to journalists. The threats, ironically enough, were documented in an email that leaked to the media, according to Business Insider.
The company's long-held interest in creating an air of worry and conspiracy about short sellers and the media doesn't seem to have dissipated in 2019. The email sets out to remind employees of their confidentiality agreements with the company and Tesla cited "an intense amount of public interest" in the company and "people who will do anything to see us fail" as a reason for the reminder.
The company also reminded its employees that journalists would "target" employees on their social media accounts. Employees were then told to forward all communication requests to Tesla's security team. Tesla's e-mail said:
"These solicitations are not only potentially damaging to our company, they can also be illegal, putting you and your colleagues/friends at risk for termination or even the possibility of criminal charges."
In the e-mail, the company cited several examples of "inappropriate conduct and the potential consequences", including:
"This month, an employee posted the dial-in information of an internal meeting on social media. This employee was identified and terminated the following day.
"A felony charge was filed last month against a former employee who exfiltrated confidential business information from the Tesla domain to his personal account and threatened to disclose confidential company information.
"A former employee uploaded Tesla intellectual property to a personal iCloud account and left the company for a competitor. Tesla filed a lawsuit and is suing him for stealing trade secrets.
"Tesla filed a lawsuit against former employees and a competitor for stealing proprietary information and trade secrets to help the competitor leapfrog past years of work needed to develop and run its own warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations.
"In January an employee was identified for sharing confidential business information on Twitter, including production numbers, with journalists. The employee was terminated for violating their [nondisclosure agreement] and Tesla's Communications policy."
Instead of lashing out at whatever remaining employees the company has after its recent round of layoffs, perhaps Tesla should consider that part of the reason it continues to find itself in the media's crosshairs is due to its awful execution of its business operations and the erratic behavior of its CEO. When Elon Musk wants to find the real culprit for the media's insatiable appetite to critique all things Tesla, perhaps instead of emailing his employees, he should be looking in the mirror.
You can read the full e-mail here.