‘No one suspected his disguise’: Elon Musk weighs in on Nissan chief’s miraculous escape from Japan as speculation swirls
With circumstances of disgraced Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s daring escape from Japan ahead of a trial shrouded in mystery, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave his own take, suggesting Ghosn dressed up as a giant Japanese plush toy.
Numerous theories, some more bizarre than others, have emerged as to how Ghosn – set to stand trial in Japan for under-reporting his income and pinning personal financial losses on Nissan – pulled off his Houdini-esque vanishing act.
While Ghosn, who is now in Lebanon, is in no hurry to spill the beans about how he managed to escape almost round-the-clock surveillance, one account reported by Lebanese television station MTV suggested that he was smuggled out of the country in a box meant for a large musical instrument.Also on rt.com Elon Musk gets an EARFUL after suggesting only ‘SUBWAY STALINISTS’ oppose creation of underground highways
The report alleges that the box was brought to his apartment in Tokyo by a Christmas band. It has been reported that the intricate stunt required a lot of planning and was facilitated by the man’s wife.
Several media outlets reported that Ghosn left for Istanbul in a private jet waiting for him at an airport near Osaka, eventually winding up in Lebanon. Though Lebanese officials maintain that Ghosn entered the country legally, speculation is rife as to whether he presented any ID to the authorities in Beirut, since his three passports – Brazilian, French and Lebanese – are believed to be with his lawyers in Japan.
Musk, no stranger to eccentric fits himself and, likewise, to legal trouble, has apparently been following the story very closely.
“Carlos Gone,” he tweeted shortly after news about Ghosn’s audacious escape broke, leaving many of his followers dumbfounded, oblivious to the former Nissan chief’s struggles.
Cars all gone?— Zack (@BLKMDL3) January 1, 2020
who’s carlos?— oscosito (@Mariano_Oscos) January 1, 2020
Musk did not stop at that, following up his tweet with a picture of a giant Japanese plush teddy bear – Rilakkuma, a fictional bear character and popular Japanese mascot. “No one suspected his disguise,” he added as a caption.
No one suspected his disguise pic.twitter.com/yHl4MDrjtn— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 1, 2020
Some may have taken the taunt too seriously, however, with a few users dryly assessing the pros and cons of such a sophisticated disguise.
The laziest disguise I’ve ever seen! We can still see his entire face, arms and legs. He’s basically put a striped t-shirt and neck scarf on. Not even bothered with shades. And I’m certainly not convinced that camera is real if he’s aiming for the random tourist look to blend in.— Jack Johnson (@JackJohnsonMU) January 1, 2020
Others lauded Musk, who often comes under fire for his tweets – most recently for calling people who oppose his plans to create underground highways “subway Stalinists” – for the attempt at humor.
Most of his memes are not funny but this actually tries— Inno (@Innocentsimuko) January 1, 2020
omg. [whispers] CARLOS IS A THIEF?! With a dual passport, on a mission to infiltrate the brilliant minds at Hello Kitty?! 😳— Jewel Shepard (@Jewelshepard) January 1, 2020
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