He is becoming increasingly irritable. He starts evil Twitter feuds. He lashes media if they do not shower him with praise. He can not go wrong in the eyes of his most loyal followers. For the haters, he is beyond redemption.
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Yes, these are stressful times for Elon Musk and the Tesla
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Boss seems increasingly disheveled with each passing day.
The latest evidence comes from "Montana Skeptic," a self-proclaimed investment strategist and Tesla short seller who writes bearish Hot goes on Alpha Search and fires Jabs in Musk direction on Twitter
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Actually, I'm doing this past tense.
Montana is no longer writing for Search Alpha, and he has deleted his Twitter account. Why? He says that Musk has called the director of the family office, where he is employed and threatened to sue, should the criticism continue.
"My colleague then talked to me about the call," Montana said in his farewell letter. "We both agreed that Mr. Musk's call and the threatened lawsuit were actions that tended to involve our employer in matters he was not involved in. To avoid such a consequence, I offered to join immediately Seeking to write Alpha and disable my Twitter account. "
The disturbing part of Montana is how Musk learned his identity.
"It seems to me his information came thanks to the Doxing efforts of some of his followers on Twitter," he wrote. These efforts have shown that Montana is an investment manager who is said to be investing heavily in the oil industry. To be fair, however, Montana has been open about its short position in the stock.
Read one of the missions of Montana: Even with the success of Model 3, Tesla is structurally bankrupt.
Nevertheless, Montana has other critics, including editor-in-chief of Electrek.com, Fred Lambert, who missed the unsubstantiated claims for Tesla.
"I do not even know how Seeking Alpha makes this guy blog anonymously," wrote Lambert. He described Montana as "an internet troll attacking and offending people online, which is one of the craziest things one can do anonymously."
Montana, in turn, says he does not believe that Musk has any legal rights and that his answer was simply to protect his employer and keep his job.
"And so you could say Elon Musk won this round," he said. "He has silenced a critic, but he has many, many critics, and he can not silence all of them, and the truth will show, I say goodbye with sorrow, thank you for the great trip."  Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Looking for Alpha, however, they sway and say, "We're more committed than ever to delivering the soapbox for bulls and bears on this and every stock."
Editor George Moriarity also had a message for departure
"Thanks Montana Skeptic for 138 articles and more than 10,000 comments on Alpha Search," he wrote. "You were a great friend of investors with your insights and the generosity of your time."