BREAKING: Maria Butina’s lawyer confirmed that she was “romantically involved” with Patrick Byrne, and that government officials had instructed the Overstock CEO on how to interact with her. Butina, a Russian spy, infiltrated the highest ranks of the @NRA. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/business/overstock-paul-byrne-maria-butina-affair.html …
The couple met in Las Vegas where Byrne spoke at an annual gathering of libertarians. Byrne says Butina introduced herself and wanted to discuss her gun rights group, but he says he wasn’t interested. He later became suspicious of Butina’s intentions and reached out to the FBI.
Byrne says he is still “quite fond” of Butina: “Maria should go home and be president of Russia one day. That is the best thing that could happen to Russia and the U.S.”
You can follow @shannonrwatts.
Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.
Enjoy Threader? Sign up.
Since you’re here...
... we’re asking visitors like you to make a contribution to support this independent project. In these uncertain times, access to information is vital. Threader gets 1,000,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Your financial support will help two developers to keep working on this app. Everyone’s contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support Threader by becoming premium or by donating on PayPal. Thank you.