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Tesla claims trespassing journalists attacked Gigafactory workers

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 13, 2015
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As a news editor, I can understand the desire to get a scoop about Tesla's mysterious Gigafactory by pushing boundaries... but this is very much beyond the pale. Two Reno Gazette Journal staffers are facing charges after they not only trespassed at the battery plant, but attacked the staff that caught them. Reportedly, they ignored requests to stay put and used their Jeep to ram two Tesla employees that responded to the incident. While only the driver has been charged with assault, it's safe to say that both of the journos knew what they were doing.

The kicker? Trespassing at the Gigafactory is far from new. Tesla notes that there have been "repeated" intrusions, and that the violence is simply taking that to a newer, darker level. There are some questions still unanswered about what happened (why was one of the Jeep's seat belts cut in half, for instance?). However, it's already clear that the curiosity surrounding the Gigafactory is getting out of control -- Tesla may have to beef up its security if it's going to produce energy packs in peace.

[Image credit: David Calvert/For The Washington Post via Getty Images]

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