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Weiner: 'I Can't Say With Certitude' Lewd Photo Isn't of Me

2:24 PM, Jun 1, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Yesterday, Anthony Weiner had an incredibly testy 9-minute exchange with reporters who were asking him questions about the lewd photo posted on his Twitter account Friday night. Weiner repeatedly refused to say why he wouldn't ask the authorities to investigate what he alleged to be an illegal "hack" of his Twitter account (he's now downplaying the "hack" as a "prank"). At one point he called a CNN producer a "jackass" for pressing him on the question.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D, N.Y.)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D, N.Y.)

Weiner somehow found a way to dig himself into an even deeper hole today in an interview with Luke Russert on MSNBC. Asked if the photo was of him, Weiner replied: "You know, I can't say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated. Pictures can be dropped in and inserted."

Weiner said that he's asked a "firm that includes an Internet security arm" to figure out what happened. 

But this scandal isn't going to end for Weiner unless he can offer plausible answers to two main questions: 1. Why not let the authorities, rather than a private security firm, investigate the alleged hacking? 2. Why was a 21-year-old college student one of the 91 people you followed on Twitter?

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