Tesla did not say if he believed Khatilov coordinated with the others. However, he warned that he “had not discovered” all of Khatilov’s actions and may still be sharing Tesla’s files. The staff member had to work remotely due to the pandemic, which made it difficult to verify the deletion of files.
The automaker has been very protective of its technology in the past, having Rivian continued and Zoox for allegedly hiring recruits who brought secrets from Tesla with them. It is in addition to pursuing individuals like Martin Tripp, that Elon Musk has called a “saboteur”. Khatilov’s case, if true, will only exacerbate Tesla’s concerns about trade secret theft – if people just sign up to steal automation tools, Tesla may feel justified in jealously protecting its EV and autonomous driving technology.