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Monday
Jun062011

Weiner Admits to Posting Lewd Twitter Photo

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Saying he has not been honest with his family and constituents, Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted Monday that he had Internet affairs with six women over Twitter and Facebook, but said he will not resign.

"I have not been honest with myself," a tearful Weiner said Monday. It was a "hugely regrettable mistake."

Weiner called the news conference but before he took the stage, the man who broke the story, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, got there first and took the mic himself.

Weiner's personal life came into focus a week and a half ago when a lewd photograph was sent from his Twitter account to a college student.

Breitbart first said he was there to watch himself be vindicated, but then took to the podium and criticized Weiner for claiming that his Twitter and Facebook accounts had been hacked, and the media for its coverage of the story.

"This is a legitimate story," he said from the same podium from where Weiner was set to speak. There "is a continual attempt to blame the messenger."

Weiner, who married Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin last year, last week claimed his account was hacked when a photo of a man's crotch in just his underpants was sent from his Twitter account to a 21-year-old college student.

But in multiple interviews, the once-rising star of the Democratic Party did not directly deny that the photograph was his, only saying that he wasn't sure if it was him.

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

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Thursday
Jun022011

Nancy Pelosi, House Dems Cool on Anthony Weiner Twitter 'Prank'

Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner first insisted he was the victim of a hacker, then days later a prankster, when a lewd photo of a man's crotch was posted publicly to his Twitter account Friday. But he doesn't have many colleagues -- who presumably face similar risks from operating social media accounts -- rallying to his side as the scandal plays out.

"I'm a late-comer to the issue, but I'm sure, I have confidence in Anthony Weiner that if an investigation is in order that will take place," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told ABC News on Wednesday.

Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, would only say Weiner has taken "appropriate steps" to address the alleged prank, when asked about the situation by reporters. "He got a lawyer" and "I think he should listen carefully to what his lawyers say," he said.

Former New York City Mayor and U.S. Rep. Ed Koch, a Democrat, said of Weiner Wednesday night on NY1, "I think he's in trouble…I think he has a problem."

Weiner, a media-savvy figure who is popular among liberals nationwide, would face reelection in 2012 and a possible bid for New York City mayor in 2013.  How Weiner handles the ongoing controversy could become a factor in future campaigns.

For now, many Democrats on Capitol Hill just want the issue to go away, and some Republicans seem loathe to let Weiner off the hook. 

"I think the American people are sick of seeing their elected officials tied up in scandals like this," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thusday in an appearance on Fox and Friends.

His advice for Weiner?  "Come clean and clean it up," Cantor said.

Weiner has said he did not send the controversial photo over Twitter on Friday night and that he was "pranked." But he will neither confirm nor deny that the image in question is of him.

"I'm reluctant to say anything definitively about this because I don't know to what extent our system was hacked," Weiner told ABC News. 

Some skeptics have expressed curiosity that Weiner would hesitate to contact the authorities -- as given his position, hacking his accounts would count as a federal crime -- and speculate that's why Weiner has been favoring "hoax" over "hack" in his most recent interviews.

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Wednesday
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.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Anthony Weiner Can't Say 'with Certitude’ Lewd Twitter Photo Is Not Him

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York says he "cannot say with certitude" that the photo of a man in gray boxer briefs that was posted to his Twitter account Friday night is not him.

But Weiner, 46, reiterated in an interview with MSNBC's Luke Russert that he did not deliberately send the image over the public social media network, and that his account was "hacked."

“This wasn’t my government account. We don’t know what happened here. It was a prank. It wasn’t a national security thing,” he said.

Weiner said he has hired a private security firm to investigate the incident. When asked why he didn't notify authorities, he said, "I'm not sure it rises -- no pun intended -- to that level."

The lewd image in question, directed at a 21-year-old female college student who followed Weiner on Twitter, was first reported by the conservative blog Biggovernment.com. Over the weekend, Weiner dismissed the incident as a political stunt.

During the interview Wednesday, Weiner pushed back against suggestions that a handful of young women he followed on Twitter indicated impropriety.  

"The people I follow -– it’s fairly random," he said. "The way I did it recently, I said to people, 'If you’d like me to follow you, [tweet me] #WeinerYes.' Sometimes people say, 'Anthony follow me.'"

"Just because we’re a network of 45,000 people I don’t think people should draw suppositions that I know any of these people in any sense," he said. "People simply don’t understand that you form networks with people to get more followers."

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Anthony Weiner's Twitter Scandal: 'He Got Hacked,' DCCC Chair Says

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, seemingly stood by Rep. Anthony Weiner's claim that his account was hacked when a lewd photo was sent from his Twitter handle to a college student. But he wouldn't comment on whether his fellow New York congressman should resign.

"I think he took the appropriate steps in hiring a lawyer," Israel said Wednesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

"He got hacked. He got a lawyer," Israel added. "And I think he should listen carefully to what his lawyers say."

The New York congressman wouldn't comment on whether Weiner should resign orabout  his heated press conference Tuesday; Israel maintains he hadn't seen it.

Weiner hired a lawyer over the weekend but has not asked for a formal investigation from the Capitol police -- despite the fact that if a hacker was indeed responsible for the picture being sent it would constitute a federal crime, as Weiner is a member of Congress.

"This was a prank that I've now been talking about for a couple of days. I'm not going to allow it to decide what I talk about for the next week or the next two weeks," an increasingly irritated Weiner said Tuesday. "If I were giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone in the back threw a pie or yelled an insult, I would not spend the next two hours of my speech responding to that pie or that insult. I would return the things that I want to talk about to the audience that I want to talk to, and that is what I intend to do this week."

Weiner became increasingly irritated as the questions continued about the scandal, refusing to answer why he was following the college-aged Twitter user who received the lewd picture -- even calling a CNN reporter a "jackass" for asking him about the situation.

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Tuesday
May312011

Weiner Hires Lawyer After Twitter ‘Prank’

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has hired a lawyer after a lewd photo of an unidentified man was posted to his Twitter account and sent to a 21-year-old female college student from Seattle the politican was following on the microblogging service.

A spokesman for Weiner said the congressman is exploring "civil or criminal actions" in response to the incident, which he called a "prank." It's unclear whether the office has also requested an independent investigation.

The Twitter post, which appeared Friday night and was quickly deleted, was first reported on by conservative website Biggovernment.com. 

"I was hacked. It happens to people," Weiner told CNN Monday night. "This is a prank, not a terribly creative one, and it's a distraction."

Gennette Cordova, the alleged target of Weiner's tweet, said in a statement Sunday to the New York Daily News that even though she was a "fan" of Weiner, she has never met the congressman. For his part, Weiner has yet to explain why he was following the young woman who had been following him on Twitter.

Weiner, 46, is married to Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Internet security experts said the controversial post could have easily been done by someone with access to the congressman’s accounts.  But they also say it's plausible that an unauthorized person infiltrated the system.

"Those things get hacked the simplest ways," Alan Paller, director of the SANS Institute for Computer Security Training, said of Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

"It's either shoulder surfing, where someone stands behind you when you sign in, or they just guess," he said. "They figure out what your user name is, which is usually your name, and then they just try your wife's name, your kid's name, your wife's birthday for the password or just keep trying until they find one."

What happened in Weiner's case remains to be seen. Twitter users have pointed out since the story broke how easy it is to accidentally send public a so-called DM, or a private, user-to-user direct message.

If a hacker was responsible for the post, it wouldn't be the first time. A 25-year-old Frenchman hacked into President Obama's Twitter account last year and was later arrested. And hackers broke into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal email account in 2008, exposing cell phone numbers and other private information.

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