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Opinion: Overstock CEO spins an insane Russian-spy drama, with himself as the star

• https://www.marketwatch.com By THERESE POLETTI

Overstock.com Inc. Chief Executive Patrick Byrne has gone in some wacky directions over the past two decades: internet entrepreneur, acid-tongued enemy of short sellers, self-proclaimed blockchain guru.

None of that prepared the world for Byrne's latest ridiculous role, though: Lothario secret agent at the center of the biggest political scandal in the country.

Byrne issued one of his most bizarre statements yet after the market closed Monday, which is really saying something when it comes to the Overstock CEO. In confirming a story from an independent Fox News contributor and a random interview on Fox Business early Monday, Byrne claimed that in 2015 he "assisted in what are now known as the Clinton investigation and the Russian investigation."

"In fact," Byrne said. "I am the notorious 'missing Chapter 1' of the Russian investigation."

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