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Photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk in front of Tesla sign. Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an event at the site of the company’s manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Tesla Inc. has accused a former employee of pilfering trade secrets related to the technology that powers many of the company’s automated processes. 

In the complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Tesla, the electric car and clean-energy company, alleged that three days after hiring Alex Khatilov on Dec. 28, the automation engineer began “stealing thousands of highly confidential software files from Tesla’s secure internal network, transferring them to his personal cloud storage account on Dropbox.

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Greg Sandoval

Greg Sandoval is a litigation editor for ALM Media. He is a former senior writer for CNET, The Verge and The Washington Post. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @sandonet

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