NY Rep. Weiner hires lawyer after alleged Twitter hacking

NEW YORK Tue May 31, 2011 1:06pm EDT

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) questions a witness at the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations about the health effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, September 8, 2006. REUTERS/Nicholas Roberts

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) questions a witness at the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations about the health effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, September 8, 2006.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner has hired an attorney to investigate the hacking of his Twitter account after a lewd photo was sent to one of his followers, his office said on Tuesday.

"Look, this is a prank, not a terribly creative one and it's a distraction," Weiner said on NY1 TV.

His office confirmed to Reuters that the New York congressman, who has a high profile as an advocate of liberal causes, has hired an attorney to advise him on whether or not he could press criminal charges as a result of the alleged hack of his Twitter account.

Weiner said his account was hacked when a lewd photo of a man in bulging boxer briefs was tweeted to a 21-year-old female college student in Washington state over the weekend.

The posting was quickly deleted and Weiner made light of the incident on his Twitter page.

"More Weiner Jokes for all my guests!" he tweeted with the hashtag "Hacked!"

The student, Gennette Cordova, issued a statement to the New York Daily News that denied she personally knew Weiner but said, "I am a fan."

She denounced rumors she was intimately involved with Weiner, who is married to Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"All of this is so outlandish that I don't know whether to be pissed off or amused, quite frankly," Cordova said in the statement.

(Reporting by Aman Ali; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)

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Comments (7)
Damotclese2 wrote:
Aw come on, Mr. Weiner! The hack was FUNNY! If the Anonymous collective had been out to get you, they would have done much worse and then served caek. Chocolate marble caek.

May 31, 2011 1:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Golightly wrote:
Weiner is a wiener, not to be confused with a winner….just another pathetic pettifogger hanging on the public teat.

May 31, 2011 1:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Orly2011 wrote:
It’s now been revealed this was actually Rep Weiner sending the photo to a young girl he’s been courting. He just didn’t intend for the message to be public. Those who use Twitter will understand how this happened immediately.

May 31, 2011 2:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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