Jul 18, 2018

Elon Musk apologizes for calling Thai cave rescuer a "pedo guy"

Elon Musk apologized for his tweet calling Vernon Unsworth, a British diver who participated in the cave rescue mission for 12 young Thai boys and their soccer coach, a "pedo guy."

"As this well-written article suggests, my words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader. ... Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone."

Flashback: Musk had offered the services of a mini-submarine to be used in the rescue, though it was ultimately not utilized.

Musk's original tweet — which has been deleted — was a reply to Unsworth, who mocked his idea of sending the mini-submarine to save the boys.

What's next: Unsworth told reporters at the cave site that he was considering legal action against Musk, per The Guardian.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

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Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.