Musk was honestly clear about what happened, according to this excerpt: "The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad".
Tesla is conducting an in-depth investigation into the matter, including whether the worker was acting alone, with others at the company, or with any outside organizations, Musk wrote.
Tesla has completed around 30,000 of its Model 3 sedans in 2018, according to internal documents viewed by Business Insider and two Tesla employees.
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. "Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, 'Only the paranoid survive.'" Musk wrote. "If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?" he said.
Tesla has not exactly had the best of weeks with a fire at the factory last Sunday and a few days before that, a Tesla being driven by director Michael Morris and wife Mary McCormack caught fire, with Ms McCormack posting footage to YouTube.
He wrote: "Most of the time, when there is theft of goods, leaking of confidential information, dereliction of duty or outright sabotage, the reason really is something simple like wanting to get back at someone within the company or at the company as a whole".
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Tesla can ill afford manufacturing setbacks now.
A Tesla spokeswoman confirmed the authenticity of the Monday email, which CNBC reported first.
The automaker is ramping up efforts to meet its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s, the company's attempt to offer a more affordable vehicle that would allow it to break into the broader consumer market. Production has resumed and there were no injuries or significant equipment damage, she added.
Musk said the reorganisation did not affect hourly-paid assembly-line employees and was not expected to delay manufacturing targets.
Tesla is no stranger to concerns of sabotage. In the lawsuit, Tesla said the email was part of an oil-industry effort to undermine the company's push for energy-efficient transportation.