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.”
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