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The wealthy Tesla CEO has spent months claiming that the $44 billion...

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firm he agreed to purchase undercounted its phoney and spam accounts,

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and that as a result, he shouldn't be required to complete the transaction.

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Now, a whistleblower claim made by Twitter's former security head that the firm deceived authorities

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about its privacy and security protections—and its capacity to detect and root out false

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accounts—could help Musk in a trial that is slated to begin on October 17 in Delaware.

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Peiter Zatko, who worked as Twitter's director of security until he was sacked early this year, was the whistleblower,

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and Musk's legal team has already served him with a subpoena. Zatko is also known online as "Mudge," a hacker alias.