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Did Weiner Send Lewd Picture to a College Coed?

2:12 PM, May 30, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Politico reports: 

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....

A photo of a man’s bulging gray boxer-brief underwear was posted to Weiner’s account with yfrog — an online image-sharing site — on Saturday night, according to biggovernment.com, which is run by Andrew Breitbart. The photograph is from the waist down, and shows no face.

“The weiner gags never get old, I guess, ” the veteran lawmaker emailed a POLITICO reporter in response on Saturday.

What to make of this story? It's weird. If Congressman Weiner's Twitter account was hacked, as he claims, law enforcement should be able to investigate and verify that.

The Washington Post reports:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has become the latest member of Congress to run into Twitter trouble after a lewd photo was sent from his account on the microblogging site Friday night.

The photo, which was taken from the waist down and shows a man in bulging gray underwear, was first reported early Saturday by BigGovernment.com, the Web site of conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart.

The Web site reported that the message containing a link to the photo was tweeted to the Twitter handle of a woman who is a journalism student in Seattle, and that the student apparently deleted her Twitter and Facebook pages after the incident.

Soon after the photo was posted on Weiner’s Twitter account, it was deleted, BigGovernment.com reported, along with the other photos in the seven-term congressman’s yfrog.com photo account.

The student to whom the picture was sent on Twitter says definitively that she is not Congressman Weiner's mistress, and that she's never even met the New York congressman:

I am a 21-year-old college student from Seattle. I have never met Congressman Weiner, though I am a fan. I go to school in Bellingham where I spend all of my time; I've never been to New York or to DC. The point I am trying to make is that, contrary to the impression that I apparently gave from my tweet, I am not his girlfriend. Nor am I the wife, girlfriend or mistress of Barack ObamaRay Allen or Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that I have made similar assertions about them via Twitter.

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. I am not sure whether or not this letter will alleviate any future harassment. I also do not have a clear understanding as to how or why exactly I am involved in this fiasco. I do know that my life has been seriously impacted by speculation and faulty allegations. My reputation has been called into question by those who lack the character to report the facts.

There are a lot of odd coincidences that make one at least consider that it could've been the congressman himself who sent the lewd picture to a coed in Seattle. So why isn't Weiner or his office calling for a direct investigation by law enforcement, which at least would clarify what the real story here is?

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