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A judge has ruled that Elon Musk can use whistleblower claims to try to get out of his Twitter deal

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A judge has ruled that Elon Musk can use whistleblower claims from Pieter Zatko, the former head of security at Twitter, to try to back out of the $44 billion acquisition. Delaware's Court of Chancery issued its ruling the day after attorneys for Musk and Twitter argued over Zatko's claims.

Twitter claimed that Musk was looking for excuses to back out of the deal even before he found out about the whistleblower complaint, and that Zatko was just a disgruntled employee. The ruling has the potential to further complicate Twitter's current legal battle. While it is unclear how much longer the company can avoid responding to Zatko's allegations, they have so far been ignored. The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited Zatko to testify the following week as well.

However, his request to postpone the October trial that will decide whether he can terminate the Twitter agreement was denied. The judge stated that "even four weeks' delay would risk further harm to Twitter too great to justify" in the same decision. We anticipate the trial to begin on October 17 and last for 5 days.