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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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