KEY POINTS

  • Elon Musk sends two tweets saying he knows how Carlos Ghosn escaped from Japan on December 30
  • The tweets confused some of Musk's Twitter followers, who know nothing of the ongoing Ghosn saga
  • Ghosn will tell all during a press conference on January 8

Less than a day after imprisoned Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, staged his spectacular and made-for-movie escape from Japan on December 30, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he knew how the man did it.

Ghosn fled Japan in secret and flew all the way to Turkey and then to Lebanon on a private jet. How Ghosn did it without being detected isn't known, but he's expected to reveal some details during his press conference on January 8 in Beirut, Lebanon. Ghosn holds Lebanese, French and Brazilian passports because he was born in Brazil, grew-up in Lebanon and made his millions in France.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Musk said he knows how Ghosn pulled-off his great escape. The first tweet sent at 9:32 a.m. reads, "Carlos Gone," a seeming play on the former exec's surname. The second tweet saying, "No one suspected his disguise," was sent about an hour later.

Both tweets revealed the disguise Musk jokingly claims was used by Ghosn. The photo shows the same kid-sized Japanese brown bear standing in front of a Japanese newsstand.

The bear in the photo is a "Rilakkuma teddy bear" notable for its yellow ears. This popular toy is a cuddly child companion sporting a smooth short plush pile fabric coat. It’s meant to bring big smiles to small kids.

It retails for $31.86 on Amazon.com but is currently unavailable. Amazon says, "Rilakkuma is one of the most famous Japanese Characters."

Musk's humor was apparently lost on many of his Twitter followers, some of whom said they didn't know who Musk was talking about. One Twitter user that did know about the Ghosn escapade said, "Mascot for the first crewed Dragon flight?" and attached a photo of the same brown Japanese bear dressed in a spacesuit.

Ghosn was welcomed to Lebanon by Lebanese president Michel Aoun on Monday. Media reports say Ghosn in now in a cheerful and combative mood after his escape. They claim Ghosn flew via a private jet to Lebanon via Turkey.

Ghosn arrived in Lebanon early Monday morning. Lebanon's ministry of foreign affairs announced "Carlos Ghosn entered Lebanon at dawn yesterday legally." The ministry further said the "circumstances surrounding his departure from Japan and entry into Beirut are unknown and all chatter about it is a private matter."

The ministry hasn't explained how Ghosn entered the country legally without a passport. Once in Lebanon, Ghosn released a statement, saying he had "not fled justice -- I have escaped injustice and political persecution." Lebanon does not have an extradition treaty with Japan.

Once revered for rescuing struggling car manufacturer Nissan, Ghosn was arrested at Tokyo airport in 2018 in a case that sent shockwaves through the business community Once revered for rescuing struggling car manufacturer Nissan, Ghosn was arrested at Tokyo airport in 2018 in a case that sent shockwaves through the business community Photo: AFP / Ludovic MARIN