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A Russian spy reportedly connected to Overstock’s CEO via Bitcoin to reach out to Rand Paul

August 18, 2020

On August 18, the Senate Intelligence Committee published volume five of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The new version noted that former Overstock.com CEO and prominent cryptocurrency attorney Patrick Byrne was a scapegoat for the plans of Maria Butina, who is currently serving time spying on Russia’s behalf.

Butina and Byrne’s romance was why Byrne abandoned his departure from Overstock last year.. Byrne’s account of the relationship was always of an eccentric character and stated that he was working with American intelligence.

According to an email from Paul Erickson quoted in the report, Byrne was a lifelong bachelor who was fascinated with Butina and actually wanted her to have a child:

“Since meeting Maria, he has found increasingly creative ways to make her an ongoing $ 1 million offer to have a baby. He is completely in love with his imaginary gene pool and believes that having a baby would cement not only his family line but also the relationships between our two nations. “

A Russian spy reportedly connected to Overstock’s CEO via Bitcoin to reach out to Rand PaulA Russian spy reportedly connected to Overstock’s CEO via Bitcoin to reach out to Rand Paul

The new report delves into details already known about Byrne and Butina’s meeting at a libertarian conference and makes it clear that Bitcoin was the connecting factor:

“Butina failed to tell the committee at FreedomFest that she was interested in Byrne and found that ‘someone was talking about Bitcoin and there were some new ideas they wanted to discover’ but didn’t mention Byrne.”

However, it appears that Byrne wasn’t a primary target. The report reads, “The committee judges that both Erickson and Butina viewed Byrne, at least initially, as a vector for another Republican presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul.”

The report also alleges that Russian intelligence agencies used cryptocurrencies to fund VPN and phishing sites as part of their meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

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