In a letter to employees, Agrawal contested the claims made by Zatko and notes that he was terminated over “ineffective leadership and poor performance.” The Twitter CEO, who was recently challenged by Musk to publicly debate him over the platform’s bot problems, adds the complaints made by Zatko paint “a false narrative that is riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies” that has been pushed without appropriate context.
Agrawal further accuses Zatko of inaccurate portrayal and warns employees that more defamatory coverage of the company might surface online in the coming days. The letter, which was first shared by CNN reporter Donnie O’Sullivan on Twitter, blasts the whistleblower over contentious claims six months after he was fired from his role, shortly after his hiring by founder Jack Dorsey during his second tenure as CEO.
In a statement shared with CNN, a Twitter spokesperson remarked that the whistleblower’s “allegations and opportunistic timing appear designed to capture attention and inflict harm on Twitter, its customers and its shareholders.” It will be interesting to see how Zatko and Dorsey’s presence in court may shift the needle in Musk’s direction. Dorsey, who is on friendly terms with Musk, is said to be the architect behind Musk’s takeover ambitions. Zatko, on the other hand, says that he started collecting material for his complaint back in November 2021, months ahead of Musk’s Twitter drama.