Web: Patrick Byrne Covers Up Ownership of ‘Deep Capture’ Smear Site

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Patrick Byrne Covers Up Ownership of ‘Deep Capture’ Smear Site

Gary Weiss

gary-weiss.com, 19 June 2008

A couple of months ago I described how Overstock.com’s terminally wacky CEO Patrick Byrne has thrown caution (and any lingering sanity) to the winds and was openly sponsoring attacks on journalists and other critics, on a smear site that he owned and was operated on Overstock servers, “Deep Capture.”

This was a change from Byrne’s previous tactic of claiming that smears and attacks were by people who just coincidentally happened to be his employees. The word for this is “astroturfing,” and it is a particularly sleazy method of concealing corporate (and sometimes government) involvement in dirty tricks campaigns.

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