Tesla is suing a former process engineer for $1 million, alleging he stole data
But engineer Martin Tripp has claimed he was merely acting as a whistleblower
He alleged the firm was installing damaged batteries in its Model 3 electric cars
Suit was filed Wednesday, three days after CEO Elon Musk warned employees
A former Tesla employee who is being sued by the electric car giant for allegedly stealing data has insisted he is in fact a whistleblower.
Martin Tripp, a process engineer, was hit with a $1 million suit on Wednesday alleging he hacked into Tesla's system, transferred data to third parties and gave false leaks to the media.