Fmr. Overstock CEO makes wild claim about ‘fake ballots,’ has people genuinely confused

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Patrick M. Byrne, the founder and former CEO of Overstock.com, claims to have obtained photos of boxes containing nothing but “fake ballots,” though his history of wanton libel raises concerns over whether his claims can be trusted.

On Friday he posted a series of photos of what he described as boxes of “counterfeit Fulton County Georgia ballots” and claimed they were snapped by an “operative” who’d apparently broken into an official government warehouse in Atlanta.

Byrne is an avid Trump supporter.

The photos showed what were definitely thousands of bundled ballots.

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But whether or not there’s anything untoward about unused ballots being bundled together in a government warehouse remains unclear.

Critics say there’s nothing odd about this.

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Critics also point to Byrne’s history of libel. In 2016 a judge in Canada slapped him with a $1 million judgment for defaming Vancouver businessman Altaf Nazerali.

“British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck ruled that Byrne had libeled Altaf Nazerali in articles posted on a website that referred to the Vancouver businessman as ‘a criminal, arms dealer, drug dealer, terrorist, fraud artist, gangster, mobster, member of the Mafia, dishonest, dangerous and not to be trusted.’ … The articles also linked Nazerali to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported at the time.

Despite founding Overstock.com in 1999, he resigned as CEO last year after a statement he posted caused the company’s stock to plummet.

“He posted elaborate theories on his personal website, railed against an unnamed Wall Street figure he named the Sith Lord and then, last week, delivered the most eyebrow-lifting tale of all. Mr. Byrne — operating on the advice, he said, of the Berkshire Hathaway chief executive Warren Buffett — disclosed that he had been in a romantic relationship with Maria Butina, a woman accused of being a Russian spy who tried to infiltrate circles of political power before the 2016 presidential election,” The New York Times reported at the time.

“His statement, with its references to the ‘Deep State,’ ‘Men in Black’ and ‘political espionage,’ sent his company’s shares sharply down and baffled investors. On Thursday, he resigned as Overstock’s chief executive and chairman, saying his continued presence was complicating the company’s business relationships.”

Yet the statement about his relationship with Butina was later confirmed to be true.

Continuing his Twitter thread Friday, Byrne claimed that his “operative” had witnessed “moving vans” pulling up to the warehouse and “loading up” something, after which, he claimed, “a shredding company .. shredded everything.”

He also alleged to have video footage of the “moving vans” but claimed the footage was “too big” for him to upload to Twitter.

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However, later that evening he linked his followers to a Rumble video showing what appeared to be the “moving vans.”

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Also, Byrne’s followers discovered something interesting: The ballots seen in his Twitter thread were addressed to Fulton County elections chief Dwight Brower.

This is notable only because Brower’s the same official who discovered the now-infamous water main break that occurred on Election Day and subsequently announced that 40,000 to 60,000 ballots would therefore not be counted that night:

Vivek Saxena

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