Delaware Gov. Jack Markell accidentally tweeted a photo of a woman in bondage gear


Oops. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)

UPDATE: Here's a screengrab that shows what went wrong. The URL for the image Markell's office wanted to send is just one character different from the URL for a model's bondage photo. h/t: @webster

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) apologized for sending out a picture of an unidentified woman in bondage gear from his official Twitter account Thursday.

The tweet was intended to be harmless, boilerplate politician stuff: "At Warner E.S. in #WilmDE to announce new initiative to support many of #netDE's most disadvantaged students."

Here's the tweet, via Politwoops:


But things got a little weird. The photo attached to the tweet was an apparent screengrab of a photo of a woman in bondage garb:

Markell tweet mistake

Markell — or the person running @GovernorMarkell, anyway — swiftly deleted the tweet and apologized on Twitter. "An inappropriate photo was inadvertantly [sic] sent out earlier. We are looking into how this occurred but apologize to anyone who was offended," the tweet said.

The governor's office released a fairly inscrutable statement blaming the mix-up on the photo link, which Markell's staff said had been accidentally altered somehow:

During this morning's event, a tweet was composed with a link to what was supposed to be a picture that had just been uploaded to the internet of the Governor's education announcement. While the tweet was being edited, the auto-generated link for the picture was inadvertently altered. As a result, the picture linked to the tweet was a random, unrelated, and inappropriate picture that has been on the internet since 2010, and not the just-uploaded picture of the event. The tweet was deleted and we apologize for the error.

The lessons here are don't compose tweets too quickly and there is a lot of odd stuff on the internet. We just wish the accidental link had been a cat video.

Here you go, governor:

(h/t AP)

Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at abby.phillip@washpost.com. On Twitter: @abbydphillip

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