Elon Musk: Another reason to terminate the agreement is the payment of a Twitter whistleblower

By:  NAZIA AKHTAR

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Elon Musk's attorneys said on Friday that Twitter's choice to compensate a whistleblower $7.75 million provides the world's richest man

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explanation for ending his $44 billion deal to buy the business.

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The attorneys said in a letter to Twitter that the company failed to get Musk's approval before making the payment.

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The April 25 merger agreement, which included limitations on when Twitter may make such payments, was broken by Peiter Zatko.

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The letter stated that Musk is not compelled to finish the transaction since "this severance payment... cannot be rectified."

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The Securities and Exchange Commission received a copy of the letter that was submitted.

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A request for comment from Twitter did not immediately receive a response.

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The letter was submitted following Musk's filing of an updated countersuit under seal that included Zatko's allegations of security flaws at the social media business.

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