It looks like Andrew Breitbart has some competition for page views today. The online gossip magazine Radar and its tabloid partner the Star claim to have more than 200 sexually explicit Facebook messages from Anthony Weiner and another woman, predating the Memorial Day weekend scandal by months. Radar’s Dylan Howard says that Weiner was “sexting” with her in March, discussing his “ridiculous bulge” in a manner reminiscent of the picture that first came to light several days ago:
Another woman has come forward to RadarOnline.com and Star magazine and provided a sexting exchange with embattled New York Representative Anthony Weiner.
The woman says she has 200 sexually explicit messages from Weiner from a Facebook account the Democratic politician no longer uses. …
He told the woman he had a “ridiculous bulge” in his shorts and asked if she “wanna see” it — almost three months before a photo of an erect penis in tight fitting briefs appeared in the pol’s Twitter stream.
It’s a sensational twist to the scandal plaguing the embattled New York congressman. This new woman is middle-aged and from Nevada.
Apparently, Weiner lost his nerve despite sending several tweets describing his erection at the time, as the woman claims she never got the promised picture. She claims that the two have never met in person, but that the two of them conducted a 30-minute phone-sex session. The unnamed source claims Weiner called her from his Congressional office — which should be rather easy to check.
What will he say if (and it’s still a significant if) these allegations pan out? If Weiner says his Facebook page was hacked, then why was he still conducting his Facebook and other social-media communications two months later?
Presumably, Radar and Star will roll out their new material soon. Their credibility isn’t exactly at the platinum level, so it will be interesting to see just how much corroborating material they will produce to back up these new claims. Combined with the new eruptions at Big Government and Big Journalism, though, the onus will be on Weiner to respond to allegations that he used his office for the alleged phone-sex incident and refute the charges. That puts a big dent in the silence strategy that Weiner adopted about 48 hours too late last week.
Update: Breitbart goes back into the lead with pictures of a shirtless Anthony Weiner, and suggests even more:
The following photograph, reminiscent of that posted by former Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) on Craigslist earlier this year, was allegedly sent to the young woman on Friday, May 20, 2011 via a Yahoo! email address that she claims was an alternate alias for Rep. Weiner …
n Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Rep. Weiner sent an email to the young woman from that same Yahoo! email address that included the now-infamous grey underwear photograph (attached to the email as “package.JPG”) …
Later that same day, apparently after receiving several images from the young woman, Rep. Weiner allegedly sent another photograph to her from the same Yahoo! email address.
That photograph (attached to the email as “ready.JPG”) is extremely graphic, and leaves nothing to the imagination.
I think we have achieved certitude.
Update II: These were Facebook messages, not Tweets. I’ve corrected it above.