Elon Musk subpoenas Twitter whistleblower ahead of US court trial. Source: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL / AP

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Elon Musk subpoenas Twitter whistleblower ahead of US court trial

By AP Today, 7:47 pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk smiles as he addresses guests at the Offshore Northern Seas 2022 (ONS) meeting in Stavanger, Norway, on August 29, 2022. (Carina Johansen/NTB/AFP)

WILMINGTON, Delaware — Elon Musk’s legal team is demanding to hear from Twitter’s whistleblowing former security chief, who could help bolster Musk’s case for backing out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social media company.

Former Twitter executive Peiter Zatko — also known by his hacker handle “Mudge” — received a subpoena Saturday from Musk’s team, according to Zatko’s lawyer and court records.

  • The billionaire Tesla CEO has spent months alleging that the company he agreed to acquire undercounted its fake and spam accounts — and that he shouldn’t have to consummate the deal as a result.

Zatko’s whistleblower complaint to US officials alleging Twitter misled regulators about its privacy and security protections — and its ability to detect and root out fake accounts — might play into Musk’s hands in an upcoming trial scheduled for October 17 in Delaware.

Zatko served as Twitter’s head of security until he was fired early this year

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