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    A denial no politician wants to have to make.  From CBS News:

    I did not send Twitter crotch pic

    Someplace Bill Clinton was heard to mutter, “Well, Weiner’ll just have to win, then.”

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    First, have to figure out what it is. Then, have to determine what is is.

    Van Halen | May 31, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I'll say it again:

    High school girls
    Pictures of private parts
    Girls tweeting that Weiner is their 'boyfriend'
    Weiner's PR guy lies about the timeline of what happened
    Weiner erases all evidence when hacking the account of a Congressman would certainly be investigated as a Federal crime
    Leftwing media sites go into damage-control mode by ignoring story when you know if this were Todd Palin…

    I wonder what Weiner's wife thinks of all this?

    "Also why would this girl say that she was being harassed by a person who was known to her"

    My thought was that the one sensible "out" that Weiner had was if he claimed that a handful of staffers had access to his twitter account for campaign/communications type uses. That would be easily explainable, and fit all the known facts. He would just need to find a staffer to take the blame.

    The opportunity to make that claim is long past, and the other explanations offered seem to now contradict that as a possibility.

    The CBS story is curious on two counts, First, they did not ask the obvious question, or if so, declined to report on it.

    Weiner says his Twitter account was hacked. The obvious question: "Congressman, did you file a criminal complaint, and if so, with whom?"

    Secondary questions:

    "If the hack succeeded, why were you back on tweeting on your account within four minutes of this "tweet" being sent? Weren't you concerned about security of the account?

    How did you get back in almost immediately? Did the hacker leave your password on your account intact?

    At least make the guy explain!

    After not reporting on it for a considerable period of time — with the exception of the initial Politico story — some stories, such as the one at Daily Caller, are now reporting a backup claim (ht Viator above):

    "We’ve retained counsel to explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken," Weiner spokesman Dave Arnold said in an email. "This was a prank. We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice."

    That "it was only a prank" defense indirectly addresses why he may not have filed a criminal complaint. But think about it for a second. He might just as well say he has no intention of filing a criminal complaint (or a civil complaint). It is essential to act very quickly in such a situation to preserve as much of the factual record as possible. You don't sit around for several days pondering whether on not to take action! You at least initiate an investigation to determine who might have "hacked" into your account, and you then ponder how hard to press the matter — whether civilly or criminally. Otherwise, how could he know it was only a prank?

    But perhaps the oddest part of the CBS story is that the girl who was the object of this and other tweets from him, Genette Cordova, is telling reporters a somewhat different story from his. She is quoted saying that the tweet did not come from his account.

    From her statement as printed in full by the NY Daily News and, as quoted in the report by CBS:

    For her part, the woman who allegedly received the photos also said Rep. Weiner was almost certainly not responsible. In a statement, Genette Cordova said "The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters.

    After being called everything from "Anthony Weiner's 21-year-old coed mistress" to the person responsible for the hack, and after her friends and family were also allegedly harassed, Cordova said: "All of this is so outlandish that I don't know whether to be pissed off or amused, quite frankly."

    Ooooops! Sez she: "Different account" . . . Sez he: "I wuz hacked!" . . . two entirely different stories.

    What CBS did not say is that she also says she never saw the original "tweet" that was sent to her from Weiner's Twitter account, only the "retweets."

    "There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me. I cannot answer the questions that I do not have the answers to.
    . . . . (my emphasis added)

    Funny how CBS failed to catch that one! How could she conclude the tweet did not come from Weiner if she never saw the original tweet?

    viator | May 31, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Some of Congressman Weiner's other 195 friends:


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