Weiner on being hacked: Hey, it happens; Update: GOP congressman calls for investigation; Update: Angry exchange with CNN

posted at 6:28 pm on May 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, another bizarrely low-key reaction to what was, of course, an alleged crime, possibly motivated by espionage, committed against a sitting member of Congress. If you need to catch up quickly on this story, spend a few minutes with Bryan Preston’s rundown at PJM, Jonah Goldberg’s gloss at the Corner, and Peter Ingemi’s list of convenient “coincidences” in Weiner’s story. Here’s all you really need to know: If Weiner’s version of what happened is true, then the story’s actually a bigger deal than if it happened the way we think. If some hacker’s tooling around surreptitiously in his Twitter account, then he’d have access to all of Weiner’s “direct messages,” i.e. private communications, with other Twitter users. Hopefully Weiner’s not so stupid that he’d send sensitive government information via a DM, but maybe he is — and even if he isn’t, other members of Congress might be and they’re potential targets too. Alternately, if the left’s pet theory that this is some sort of deep deep right-wing undercover operation to embarrass Weiner is true, then the culprit deserves to be richly punished for what he/she has done. At a minimum, this guy’s marriage could be jeopardized by framing him this way; worse, now that the story’s caught on in the media, it’s bound to affect his prospects for running for mayor of NYC, which he’s been thinking about for awhile. Long story short, there’s no earthly reason for police not to investigate this, even if Weiner himself thinks it’s no big deal. It is a big deal — objectively, beyond argument, regardless of which side you’re on. How come Weiner seems to be the only person who doesn’t think so, such that as of this afternoon no criminal case had been initiated yet? If he thinks this is such a distraction from The Real Issues, isn’t the fastest way to get past it to punt it over to the cops and let them confirm that the hacking happened? And yes, those are rhetorical questions.

I’m actually surprised that he hasn’t yet settled on Tom Maguire’s theory for how this will all play out:

My Bold Prediction for where this is headed – Congressman Weiner won’t be filing a police report. One might think that hacking a Congressman’s account to smear him and sexualy harass his Twitter followers is a big deal, but it’s not like he is the governor of Alaska or anything. After a bit of scrambling Weiner will explain the absence of law enforcement by offering up a brother or cousin or college roommate who will claim to have crept onto the account and played this prank simply because Weiner jokes never get old. Har de har.

Bingo. Tomorrow or maybe Thursday, we’ll be told that Weiner knew who the hacker was all along, just an old frat brother who thought he’d play a rib-ticklin’ little gag on his old pal which (tee hee!) could actually have destroyed his otherwise promising political career. That’s something buddies do to each other all the time, you know — ruin each other’s marriages by illegally hacking into each other’s accounts and making it look like they’re sending crotch shots to 21-year-olds. If/when that spin finally hits the fan, remember that Maguire had it first.

One lingering question which gives me pause: Wasn’t the photo posted to Twitter via Weiner’s Yfrog account? If so — and I may sincerely be wrong about this — aren’t all photos on Yfrog publicly viewable, even if sent via “direct message”? That is to say, you could click over to Yfrog, search for Weiner’s account, and see every photo on there, even if he intended the pic to be viewed privately. If I’m right about that (and maybe I’m not), then the “Weiner sent the pic” theory requires you to believe that AW didn’t realize that and actually took the extreme risk of sending a compromising photo via a photo account he wasn’t sure was secure. That’s not impossible — the “Weiner sent the pic” theory already imagines him taking an extreme risk by DMing someone a racy pic from his congressional account — but I never figured him for being that stupid.

Update: The heat is on.

Florida Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns is demanding an investigation into cybersecurity issues raised by #Weinergate, saying it is vital to “ensure our national security.”…

“Although this particular incident is a matter for law enforcement, it clearly indicates that hacking is a serious problem and as Chairman it would be appropriate for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to examine the issue of cybersecurity to protect our privacy and to ensure our national security,” Stearns said in an email to The Daily Caller.

Stearns is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, a committee on which Weiner sits.

Update: Via Mediaite, full credit to CNN. They’re all over this. Make sure to watch to the end, where Dana Bash notes that the police still aren’t investigating — which almost certainly means Weiner hasn’t asked them to.

Update: The boss emeritus has a quasi-prediction of her own:

As a dedicated Twitter user myself, the most likely scenario is that Weiner himself mistakenly DM’ed (direct-messaged) the “prank” photo to the young woman in Seattle and intended it to be private. It takes just one wrong keystroke for a private DM to appear in one’s public timeline. (Allah wonders if Weiner would be so stupid as to post the photo through publicly-viewed Yfrog, but as we’ve seen from the recent bipartisan parade of — pardon my language — political wankers from Ensign and Edwards to Sanford, etc, etc, etc — politicians do supremely stupid things when they think with the wrong organ.

A second, but less likely, scenario is that someone with permission to post on Weiner’s account (most politicians have staffers who know the password to their bosses’ official Twitter accounts) tweeted the photo.

That spin would be even more convenient than Maguire’s; all he needs to do is convince some poor intern to take the fall. The one hitch is that Weiner’s “voice” shines through in his tweets; his account isn’t the usual boring congressional account where bland talking points get posted every few hours. It’s conversational, which creates the distinct impression that it really is him tweeting and not a staffer. (That’s one of the reasons so many people on Twitter follow him.) In fact, the NYT had a story about his Twitter habit just this morning in which it noted that “his Twitter personality is all him.” None of which is to say that it couldn’t have been an employee, just that it would be odd for a staffer to be messing around with his boss’s otherwise very personal account and doubly odd for him to be using it for something so risque.


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Weiner has to go. Hounded until forced to resign, it’s the only acceptable result. I’m sick to death of liberal sh1theads getting away with everything that they themselves (and media friends) would hound a conservative to death for (and, mind you, rightly so). If this had been Paul Ryan, imagine the howling for his resignation that we’d be enduring from all corners – and they’d be right.

And thus is *must* be for Weiner. No quarter given, he must be driven from office.

Midas on May 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM

I just heard Michael Savage basically declare that Weiner is being falsely accused. He didn’t say by whom. Now I know why I usually shut him off, whenever I hear his voice.

JannyMae on May 31, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Interesting: Weiner is married to a Muslim. I suppose if she complains of infidelity he will just have her stoned. http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/05/31/flashback-guess-who-officiated-at-weiners-wedding/

Dasher on May 31, 2011 at 11:53 PM

When will Jesse Jackson arrive to hold a “prayer vigil” with The Weiner?

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Dominique Strauss-Kahn says “this talk of the chambermaid has become a distraction. I refuse to let it distract me from my work and will not discuss it anymore.” ……. “thanks for the heads-up Weiner.”

Spider79 on May 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM

I don’t know the technology, but it seems like one of those “cybercrimes” experts could unravel this thing in about 5 minutes.
Among the many things that are interesting is that the press is starting to smell blood. And Weiner DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
Amazingly, spending your career with a toady press and the amen choir isn’t the best training for adversity.

johnboy on June 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Hah, that’s nothing like my set up. I have three monitors.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 10:10 PM

And your step father paid for all of them.

BigWyo on May 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Wow..one ping…one ping only…

Nice effort Tarzan…..

BigWyo on June 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Reporter Dana Bash Nails Anthony Weiner’s Sorry Hide To The Barn Door With Weinergate Questions

http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2011/05/reporter-dana-bash-nails-anthony.html

Nearly Nobody on June 1, 2011 at 12:04 AM

As to why he came across that way to CNN is a separate mystery.

pedestrian on May 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Isn’t it, though? We may never know.

Jim Treacher on June 1, 2011 at 12:20 AM

It’s only a mystery to people who believe in unicorns.

That Weiner is no unicorn.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:05 AM

When Sarah Palin’s e-mail account was hacked in 2008 she was demanding an FBI investigation (but then she wasn’t flashing her private parts all over cyberspace).

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

But, Lord, we can wish she had been…

BobM88 on June 1, 2011 at 2:20 AM

It’s only a mystery to people who believe in unicorns.

That Weiner is no unicorn.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:05 AM

LOL

BobM88 on June 1, 2011 at 2:24 AM

No quarter given, he must be driven from office.

Midas on May 31, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Absolutely. Goose… gander.

petefrt on June 1, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Reporter Dana Bash Nails Anthony Weiner’s Sorry Hide To The Barn Door With Weinergate Questions

http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2011/05/reporter-dana-bash-nails-anthony.html

Nearly Nobody on June 1, 2011 at 12:04 AM

it is odd that CNN has gone after him so hard. Its like journalism or something. The type of journalism that only republicans have been subjected to.

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Weiner now claims that the 21 yo chick asked for it. She tweeted that she needed to see a stimulus package.

malkinmania on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM

So far, Weiner has refused – angrily – to answer the following questions:

1. Are you denying or confirming that this a picture of you?
2. Did you send this picture to this girl half your age?
3. Why did you call lawyers instead of law enforcement?
4. Why haven’t you called law enforcement to investigate what you first alleged happened (hacking)? You know that hacking is a crime, right?

But the left has answered them as follows:

1. Breitbart.
2. Breitbart.
3. Breitbart.
4. Breitbart.

See? Case closed, wingnuts.

Good Lt on June 1, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Weiner now claims that the 21 yo chick asked for it. She tweeted that she needed to see a stimulus package.

malkinmania on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM

she, like the rest of us, came up empty-handed…..

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Let me get this straight….an ‘inapropriate picture’ of Weiner is sent to a young lady, it gets out to the media…who all but covers it up (hardly anything heard), and Weiner’s response is, “Someone hacked into my PC, found the picture of me naked, and sent it via e-mnail to this young lady – it wasn’t me!”
– Am I the only one wondering WHAT IS WEINER DOING WITH SUCH A PICTURE OF HIMSELF TO BEGIN WITH, EXSPECIALLY ON HIS PERSONAL LAPTOP/PC?! ROFLOL!

easyt65 on June 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM

“Weiner has angry exchange”? How is that news? Of course CNN is all over this, they miss the days when they were 24/7 over OJ. He really has made this a bigger deal than it should have been in the way he has handled it. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy; if only he can get Schumer involved somehow!

pgrossjr on June 1, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Weiner now claims that the 21 yo chick asked for it. She tweeted that she needed to see a stimulus package.

malkinmania on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Weiner delivered the same kind of stimulus package that Obama did: one that does not stimulate, but disgusts you, and may well end up costing you your job.

AZCoyote on June 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Weiner delivered the same kind of stimulus package that Obama did: one that does not stimulate, but disgusts you, and may well end up costing you your job.

AZCoyote on June 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I think Obamanomics is some kind of Marxist prank gone bad.

faraway on June 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

This is what happens when you catvch a Wiener with his pants down. Just when you think he is just another raving lunatic liberal, it gets worse.

volsense on June 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

No one hacked his account and placed the picture there. If someone went to all that trouble, they wouldn’t have put that picture there. They would have gone all out.

Darksean on June 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Stranahan @ Patterico and the “Would a parent buy it?” test.

Funny video.

Dusty on June 1, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Weiner delivered the same kind of stimulus package that Obama did: one that does not stimulate, but disgusts you, and may well end up costing you your job.

AZCoyote on June 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I think Obamanomics is some kind of Marxist prank gone bad.

faraway on June 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Obama hacked our government

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM

“No biggie.”

That’s what she said.

/rimshot

Ward Cleaver on June 1, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Change you can count on.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Something about a Wiener being “hacked” sounds vulgar. Knowing who this Wiener is, that would be a compliment.

volsense on June 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Weinergate: Porn star, stripper Ginger Lee talks to The DC

When contacted by The Daily Caller, Lee wouldn’t say what Weiner sent her in that private direct message, or DM in Twitter-speak.

“How do like THIS stimulus package?”

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Something about a Wiener being “hacked” sounds vulgar.

volsense on June 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

John Wayne Bobbit is running for Congress.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Weiner now claims that the 21 yo chick asked for it. She tweeted that she needed to see a stimulus package.

malkinmania on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM

LMAO!!! Poor stupid girl. LOL

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 11:02 AM

LMAO!!! Poor stupid girl. LOL

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 11:02 AM

It was not rape rape.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Weiner wasn’t hacked: this is “hacked”!!!

landlines on June 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

If the Stupid Party were smart and had a coordinated media operation, they would Mark Foley this issue – keeping it on the slow burn – all the way through next year, building to a glorious crescendo, painting the entire Democratic Congressional establishment as accomplices.

Alas, they are the Stupid Party.

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Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM

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Check your urban dictionary and get back to administration with a revised complaint form.

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Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Anthony Weiner Excuses From Today’s Liberal Blogs

Salon
Right-wingers really, really, really hoping Anthony Weiner story holds up
This screed is full of Breitbart hate.

Little Green Footballs
Why the Right is Attacking Rep. Weiner
This one accuses the GOP of attacking Weiner to distract a story about Clarence Thomas.

Talking Points Memo DC
DCCC Chair Declines Comment On Weiner’s Combative Presser
For once Debbie Wasserman Schultz has nothing stupid to say.

Daily Beast
Weiner Spars With Reporters
He’s a hero now.

pedestrian has been a busy little pretzel

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Congressman Weiner has a history of verbally assaulting his opponents – both on television and on the floor of the US House. But, calling a producer a “jackass”? The Congressman appears to be spiraling out of control. If Weiner really wanted the story to go away and stop distracting everyone from more important matters, he should simply ask the authorities to investigate, and he could refer all questions to police. Simple. Clean. Done.
http://petekaliner.net/2011/06/the-best-named-scandal-in-quite-some-time/

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Just heard on Fox that Weiner is scheduling interviews with all the lame stream media now.

Wonder what he will say?

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:26 PM

You know, Wiener could simply avoid the embarrasment and change this to a non-story if he just changed his name.

You know, like, from Anthony to Harry for example.

Pcoop on June 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Just heard on Fox that Weiner is scheduling interviews with all the lame stream media now.

Wonder what he will say?

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I wonder if the press has got their “heads on right” now and are ready to play ball and #NotLetThisBeADistraction so we can get back to the tweeting junk pics to DD busted Coeds and Porn Stars work of the people.

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

http://twitter.com/#!/Stranahan

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 1:34 PM

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

They both reached for the Weiner

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I have the joy of knowing that he is going to be questioned about it and he new wife is going to have some serious questions for him – couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
http://www.angrywhiteguy.com/?p=8551

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Hillary & Huma – A Dark Unseen Scandal Star?

My dialogue with my sources left me with no doubt Tuesday night (Oct. 30) that Hillary’s made passes at women and that Muslim Huma Abedin is Hillary’s most likely source of romantic and sexual love.

Not everyone loves a good Weiner

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Weiner is accused of sending a picture of his privates to some 21yo. He immediately says he is the victim because his laptop was hacked and the picture was sent in his name.
- If that is true….why does he keep a picture of his crotch on his PC?

Weiner has since said he can’t say with certainty that the picture of the crotch obtained and sent by the hacker was actually HIS.
- If THAT is true: 1) Why would he have a picture of another man’s crotch on his PC? 2) How many pictures of other men’s crotches does he have on his PC?

The more he talks, the more he digs a little deeper! This is, as stated earlier, ‘comedy gold’! LOL!

I have also heard reports (unconfirmed) about an adult film star who has reportedly stated Weiner has contacted her, along with other women on facebook. LOL…whatta ‘Bill Clinton-wannabe’! LOL!

easyt65 on June 1, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Has anyone said that this sounds like a “limp” excuse that
would never “stand up” in court?

countrybumpkin on June 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

From my learning about reading people, he was liying thru his teeth. His body language gave very many signals we see when we watch videos of liars. An honest answer can be very brief. He took 10 minutes to brag about saving the planet, Clarence Thomas and distractions. Lawyers had hoodlums in court to prattle and change the subject.

seven on June 1, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Looks like Weiner is shooting blanks

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

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