The Democrat Congressman from New York blames an account hacking for a provocative picture being sent on Twitter:
Rep. Anthony Weiner says social networking identity hacking is to blame for the lewd material that a conservative news website reported was sent from his Twitter and yfrog handles to an unidentified woman in Seattle.
The New York Democrat told POLITICO he thought it “obvious” that his account had been taken over, and he tweeted that his Facebook account had been hacked with the abbreviation “FB hacked.”
A recreation of the Twitter timeline:
@RepWeiner @(name redacted) http://yfrog.com/h25m3luj 13 hours, 59 minutes ago reply
Killng me!! RT @kknapp1: @RepWeiner that is a tragedy! #EpicGame
13 hours, 54 minutes ago reply
@RepWeiner my tivo ate the hockey game! #WhoCanISue?
13 hours, 55 minutes ago reply
@RepWeiner @kknapp1 just kill me now.
13 hours, 52 minutes ago reply
Tivo eats the hockey game and Versus taunts me with endless postgame. #IsThisHell?
13 hours ago reply
Followers of my lame hockey tweets recall i picked tb and nashville. #NotSoBrilliant
12 hours, 50 minutes ago reply
Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal
12 hours, 36 minutes ago reply
Rep. Weiner claims that his Facebook account was hacked. We were unable, at this late hour, to reach anyone at Congressman Weiner’s offices for comment.
Why won’t Weiner call for an official investigation of his alleged hacking?
I don’t agree much with Rep. Weiner politically, but he’s a congressman and this is a serious crime he’s alleging. Not to mention that identity theft can happen to any of us at any time. Therefore, Rep. Weiner must call for an official investigation. He owes it to himself, to all other victims of cybercrime, and to his fellow members of Congress who might also be at risk. Defrauding someone’s online accounts in order to embarrass and defame them is unconscionable. The culprit must be brought to justice.
And if Rep. Weiner doesn’t want an investigation, somebody should ask him why not.
More info here.
P.S. His Twitter account is @RepWeiner. I have expressed my support and asked when he’s announcing an investigation to prevent this hacker from striking again. Stay tuned.
P.P.S. @RepWeiner is a verified Twitter account. Usually when a verified account is hacked, Twitter shuts it down while they investigate. But it’s still there.
P.P.P.S. Has the hacker been found already?
Rep. Weiner Spokesperson Lies To ‘New York Post’
An analysis of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter timeline has already been done here at Big Government that clearly shows Weiner’s Twitter account had been publicly silent for 3 hrs. and 24 mins. prior to the Tweeting of the inappropriate image. Consequently, there was no Tweet about a hockey game “just a few minutes earlier.” Therefore, that statement simply isn’t true.
The New York Post also completely ignores Weiner’s earlier twitter reference to the City of Seattle in a Tweet that remains on his feed. For whatever reason, the Congressman added the hashtag #Thats545InSeattleIThink to a Tweet announcing the time of an upcoming appearance on MSNBC. Reportedly, the young woman the lewd photograph was sent to lives in … Seattle.
Also missing from the NY Post’s story is an explanation for how a hacking of Weiner’s Facebook account could lead to a Yfrog image being posted in his public Twitter feed. But by far, the most glaring hole is the question everyone, including Politico, is asking: Has Rep. Weiner reported this alleged hacking to the authorities?
Weinergate: MSM ignores trifecta of sex, politics, and a rising political star
So ask yourself: how does the MSM justify all but ignoring something so juicy? And then if you’re still not convinced of the story’s newsworthiness, remind yourself that these events are not unfolding in one of those odd, square-shaped states our journalist-class fly over every once in a while. This is a New York story that involves the trifecta of politics, sex, and a rising political star. Furthermore, the icing on the cake is Bill and Hillary Clinton. Last July, in a ceremony officiated by former President Clinton himself, Rep. Weiner married Hillary’s top aide, Huma Abedin.
Now, please don’t bother to answer any of the above questions. They were rhetorical and answered by the “D” after Rep. Weiner’s name. Naturally, the hacking of a Facebook account connected to one of the best known and most outspoken Democrats in Congress is a bonafide story … unless you’re afraid of where that story might lead. And if you’re interested in what a WeinerGate story looks like when a news outlet is terrified afraid of where it might lead, read this.
And while you’re reading that and wondering where all the coverage is, here’s a refresher course in Congressional sex scandals that did manage to dominate the news over the past few years. No doubt you’ll find a few of these names familiar: Larry Craig, David Vitter, John Ensign, Chris Lee, and Mark Foley. To answer your question… Yes, they’re all Republicans.