Former CEO of Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne, left a confused cloud behind when he resigned from the internet retailer he founded in 2019 after panicking in front of investors with his strange claim that a Russian agent had been linked to a “Men in Black” employee. on your instructions. to the United States Government.
He has now returned with what he called his own “army” and claims he claims to be proof that Democrats stole the election from Donald Trump.
“I supported a team of hackers and cybernetics, other people with strange abilities,” Byrne said in an interview with One America News on Tuesday, where OAN personality Chanel Rion praised Byrne as the leader of an “elite shadow cyber security team”.
As Trump’s chances of winning the second cycle are reduced to nothing, Byrne has launched a media tour to promote his mysterious hacking team, showing a series of far-reaching YouTube shows through OAN, Newsmax and YouTube. QAnon conspiracy theory movement. On Friday, the host of the popular Rush Limbaugh talk radio show praised Byrne’s allegation of voter fraud and suggested inviting Byrne to the show.
As Trump’s allies in the legal team and conservative media are searching for all the evidence that Trump has not legitimately lost the presidential race, Byrne has become the hero of the MAGA crowd despite a story of allegations outside the wall.
Byrne claims to be funding a team of “hackers and crackers” who realized until August that Dominion voting machines could steal the election from Trump. Since the election, these voting machines have featured prominently in the fraud allegations of Trump’s supporters, despite the company repeatedly rejecting them and providing any factual evidence that the voting order has changed.
However, the actual details of Byrne’s alleged hacker super team are similarly thin.
“I’m a free agent, and I’m self-funded, and I’m funding this army of different weird people,” Byrne said in a Nov. 23 performance on a podcast with a QAnon promoter who used the name InTheMatrixxx. “It’s going to be a great movie someday.”
When asked for more details about his hacker team, Byrne referred to The Daily Beast on his blog DeepCapture. But on Byrne’s website, the 40,000-word explanation of Wall Street’s long-running quarrels and Byrne’s conversations is about a mysterious financial abuse called “Easter Bunny,” not any election investigation team.
Byrne did not respond to emails from The Daily Beast when asked if any member of his hacking team could attend interviews.
“I’m a free agent, and I’m self-funded, and I’m funding this army of different weird people.“
– Former CEO of Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne
Despite his vague claims, Byrne says he has been investigating allegations about the election of the White House and one-time attorney Sidney Powell Trump for weeks. Byrne’s allegations are similar to those made publicly by Powell, including an allegation that the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez interfered in the election in some way seven years after his death.
“Sidney was the first to really get it and it’s so huge that what we’re saying requires a very open-minded man,” Byrne said in the InTheMatrixxx podcast.
After the election, Byrne became the latest, with a broad “technical background,” who reinvented himself as an expert on voting machines. Byrne will be joined by former 8kun administrator Ron Watkins, who left control of the location of QAnon posts on election day and has since appeared on the OAN as a so-called election investigator.
During his post-election media tour, Byrne made a number of other strange claims, including that he might be a reincarnation of an ancient Chinese monk.
“I love the Chinese, I speak Chinese, I think maybe I’m a reincarnation of a Shaolin monk,” Byrne said on the podcast “InTheMatrixxx”.
He also encountered other strange statements on Byrne’s media tour. On QAnon’s YouTube show, hosted by a woman named “Cirsten W,” Byrne listened while her presenter claimed Bill Clinton and late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein were cloned.
Byrne’s habit of making strange claims came into the news in 2019, when he was still CEO of Overstock. Using corporate letterhead, Byrne issued a statement alleging that the federal government’s “Men in Black” figures sparked the romance of Russian agent Maria Butina, who was then allegedly trying to infiltrate conservative circles as an arms rights activist. Overstock’s share price plummeted and Byrne eventually resigned after Overstock’s insurer refused to insure the company with Byrne in the lead.
A report issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee in August outlines Byrne’s interactions with Butina differently. The report sees Butina Byrne as a potential way to reach Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), then-presidential candidate. In an July 2016 email published in the committee report, Butina’s friend Paul Erickson wrote that Byrne was “chasing” Butina after meeting him at a liberal conference, claiming that Byrne had made him a $ 1 million offer to have her child born.
“Based on the choices and consequences of Byrne’s intellectual endowments and limitations, he is a bachelor, but he is now dealing with his mortality and family legacy,” Erickson wrote. “Ever since she met Mary, she has found more and more creative ways to offer her a constant $ 1 million offer to‘ have a child with her ’. He was completely passionate about the girl’s imaginary gene pool and believes the baby would strengthen not only on the family line but also on the relationships between our two nations. “
Byrne did not respond to The Daily Beast regarding allegations made in Erickson’s email.
Byrne’s other claims did not always materialize. In 2018, he lost the significant defamation lawsuit filed against him by a Canadian businessman who was described in Byrne’s blog as a terrorist financier and a drug and arms dealer, and the plaintiff awarded $ 1.2 million in damages.