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Jun012011

Exclusive: Weiner Denies Tweeting Lewd Photo, But Is It Him?

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A defiant Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York told ABC News he did not post a lewd photograph to his Twitter account Friday -- but he could not say whether or not the photograph in question is of him.

"I did not send that photo. My system was hacked. I was pranked," Weiner said. "Somebody sent a picture of a weiner from Weiner's account. I've been hearing that joke since I was five."

But is the photograph -- a close-up of a man's underwear -- a photograph of Anthony Weiner?

"I'm reluctant to say anything definitively about this because I don't know to what extent our system was hacked," he said.

Weiner said he has hired a law firm to look into the incident and advise him on whether to notify a law enforcement agency. The firm has also retained a private Internet security company to investigate the circumstances of the hoax further, he said.

"We are going to try to find the source of the photograph," Weiner said, adding that he doesn't know if it was manipulated or something taken off -- or placed on -- his computer system.

When pressed to explain why an alleged incident of computer hacking against a member of Congress shouldn't be reported to authorities, Weiner dismissed the idea as unnecessary.

"You know, we're not treating this like it's a federal offense or a capital offense crime," he said. "It happens hundreds of thousands of time every single day."

At one point, Weiner suggested he was saving taxpayer money by not calling for an investigation into such a trivial matter.

Weiner also revealed that his Facebook account was simultaneously "hacked" on Friday night, as he suggested in a tweet at the time. Asked if the Facebook hacking included the posting or sending of anything inappropriate, Weiner would not answer.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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