GOP Tags Anthony Weiner Over Twitter Scandal

By Ben Fractenberg on June 2, 2011 5:09pm 

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner said a hacker sent a picture from his Twitter account. He's pictured here on the House floor after the 9/11 Health Car Bill was voted down last year.
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner said a hacker sent a picture from his Twitter account. He's pictured here on the House floor after the 9/11 Health Car Bill was voted down last year.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that embattled congressman Anthony Weiner should "come clean" and offer a clear explanation about the lewd Twitter pic sent from his account, Politico reported.

Weiner said Wednesday he wasn’t sure if the lewd photo sent from his account to a young woman was of him or not, the Daily News reported.

"I can't say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated," he said.

Weiner reportedly hired a private law firm, Baker & Hostetler, to investigate how his Twitter account could have hacked.

"We're treating it as a prank, not treating it as a national security invasion or anything," Weiner told the News.

The photo was sent last Friday to a Seattle grad student, Cordova Gennette, who follows the congressman on Twitter.

Weiner at first tried to brush off the incident saying it was a distraction, but later admitted he couldn’t say with certainty whether the photo was of him or not.

The congressman is a leading contender to run for New York City mayor after Bloomberg’s term is over.

It is still uncertain how this scandal will affect his campaign.

Matt Damon is hosting a fundraiser for Weiner on June 20th on East 22nd Street.


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