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‘Weak Sauce’: Elon Musk’s 2018 Feud With Saudi Fund Revealed

  • Text messages show inner workings of Tesla take-private effort
  • ‘You are throwing me under the bus,’ Musk said in one exchange
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Musk’s Spat With Saudi PIF Revealed
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Elon Musk’s short-lived effort to take Tesla Inc. private after his infamous “funding secured” tweet in August 2018 has loomed over the billionaire’s reputation -- and his quest to buy Twitter Inc.

Now, a series of text messages that Musk exchanged with Silicon Valley friends, investors and the managing director of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund during that saga have come to light as part of an ongoing shareholder lawsuit. The texts provide a window into how Musk operates as he once again attempts -- almost four years later -- to take a publicly traded company private.