Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) says he’s the latest congressional victim of a Twitter hacking, BigGovernment.com reported early Saturday.
An indecent photo was sent from his account on the social networking site on Friday night. The photo, which shows a man from the waist down wearing bulging gray underwear, was sent to a woman who is a journalism student in the Seattle area. She quickly deleted her Twitter and Facebook accounts after the incident.
According to the New York Daily News, the woman, Gennette Nicole Cordova, released a statement Sunday that said: “The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters.”
In an e-mail Sunday, Weiner spokesman Dave Arnold told The Post’s Felicia Sonmez, “This is intended to be a distraction, and we’re not going to let it become one. Anthony’s accounts were obviously hacked. He doesn’t know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next.”
After the incident, Weiner deleted photos he had uploaded to his account. He tweeted, “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal.”
Weiner, 46, is considered the top candidate to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the 2013 race.
• The Post’s and Arlington’s own Richard Thompson, “Cul de Sac” comic-strip creator, was honored as the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year at the black-tie National Cartoonists Society’s 65th Reuben Awards in Boston on Saturday night, Style’s Michael Cavna reports. The strip depicts the daily life of preschooler Alice Otterloop, was created in 2004.
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