Anthony Weiner's 'Weinergate': Did He Tweet a NSFW Picture to a College Girl? (Update)

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Last night, Anthony Weiner may or may not have purposefully tweeted a picture of his boxer-clad erect penis to a college girl in Washington state. Well, the @RepWeiner account certainly did tweet it, but Weiner is saying he's been hacked. The girl in question is reportedly one Gennette Cordova, a journalism student. The penis tweet was deleted soon after its posting, so click through for the picture. NSFW, I suppose, although it's really quite demure as dick shots go.

[Updates after the jump!]

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(Notice the skinny thighs? Anthony Weiner's a skinny dude, those must be his thighs and that must be HIS PENIS!)

Um, anyway. That photo, and apparently all the other photos in @RepWeiner's yfrog account, was deleted last night around 11 p.m. Andrew Breitbart's site was the first to post about all of this, so being that it's Andrew Breitbart, we will proceed with caution. However, there's no question that the photo was tweeted from that account.

It was tweeted at @GennetteNicole, who seems to be Gennette Cordova, a student journalist at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. Here are some of her tweets, archived at Topsy. Notice the bottom one.

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found by Ironic Surrealism

Her Twitter account was deleted shortly after all this went down, then reappeared again as a protected account. Here's another tweet indicating that Cordova had a crush on Weiner.

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But lots of people have crushes on famous people, and lots of people might jokingly/aspirationally refer to celebrities as their boyfriend. There are some big questions here, in my mind.

1. Did Cordova and Weiner actually have any contact ever apart from Twitter? [UPDATE: As commenter coffeeshrk pointed out to me, one of Weiner's tweets mentioned the time in Seattle, suggesting that he had some kind of contact there. Whether or not it was with Cordova, we can't say yet.] Doesn't it seem kind of weird and over-the-top creepy to tweet a picture of your erect penis to someone you've never spoken with and who lives on the opposite coast?

2. If this wasn't a hack and he did send it, why didn't he DM it? It's pretty reckless, as a public figure, to just tweet that shit publicly. Then again he wouldn't be the first person to accidentally tweet something that should have been a direct message.

3. If this is a hack, why hasn't he reported it to federal authorities? There are laws prohibiting cyberhacking and impersonating federal officials, of which Weiner is one. Or if he has, why isn't his press office talking about it (they apparently wouldn't respond to Politico about this issue)? If he were to say, "I'm taking this to the authorities," that would indicate his seriousness about the alleged hack.

4. Also, why are we all so worked up about this again?

If you'd like to join in the fun on Twitter, the hashtag is #weinergate.

UPDATE 2:12 p.m.: This post on Raw Story suggests that the screengrab of the dick shot from Andrew Breitbart's website could have been doctored. As evidence, they link to this thing, which is frankly incomprehensible to me. Maybe someone out there can figure it out? Does it actually mean anything?

I've put a call in to Anthony Weiner's press line and will update if/when I hear back.

UPDATE 4:48 p.m.: The photo thing has been explained to me: if you click here on this error-level analysis thing again, and look at the text parts (like "Upload" and "Popular"), you'll see that they are different colors from the rest of it (and are also super clear). The rest of it looks sort of like TV static. That might suggest that those words could have been Photoshopped in. However, how does this mesh with Weiner's claim that it was a hack? If he admits it came from his account -- whether or not he tweeted it -- why would the photo have to masquerade as a yfrog photo? Confusing.

Here's another twist: Shortform Blog found the first person to retweet the infamous penis photo tweet, and it's this dude, who appears to be an uber-conservative by the name of Dan Wolfe. They dug a little deeper and found that Wolfe had tweeted about similar Weiner-related matters over two weeks ago. Interesting, as they say, that he was "so quick to hit the trigger on this," but who knows if that means anything. This is all getting rather complicated.

[screenshots via Ironic Surrealism]

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Just_Another_Joe
Just_Another_Joe

Nope. What's really sad about all this is that the blackmail seems to have worked; he's saying he did it now, even though there's no proof that he WASN'T hacked. This is a sad day for Progressives everywhere and Breitbart oughta be thrown in prison for slander & libel. 

Kaye Graves
Kaye Graves

What the heck is he showing off? This guy is such a loser and thinks he thinks he is hot!!  Why else would he be sending these type of photos? 

Kat

OhCrudd
OhCrudd

why would a Congressional Rep have a "Twitter" account anyway? 

Pat in DC
Pat in DC

Senator Weiner is not being forthright - hotdogging even.  Nobody's buying what he's pitching (tweet photo notwithstanding).  The honorable senator should come clean - and if he was half as smart as he thinks he is, he wood.  He should, at length, attempt to comprehend the real thrust of this very serious matter... from farfetched breaches to far-stretched britches.  Yuck! 

Wowchild
Wowchild

He was a representative, not a Senator.  Look who's not paying attention and apparently doesn't know much about our federal government, even though s/he lives in DC.

Dh Barr
Dh Barr

If Rep Weiner WAS hacked, he needed to contact the authorities immediately folks - have we forgotten about Rep Giffords so quickly?  Social media accounts are also used by congress to change schedules and inform people where they are going to be - an account hack of a congressman's twitter account is a serious issue and he has a duty to pursue it if that is what happened.  Rep Weiner knows this as well.Since no authorities have been contacted about this "hack" - I can only conclude that Rep Weiner has nothing better to do in the halls of congress than tweet pictures of his junk to a 21 year old girl.  Maybe some Democrat in his district might want to do us all a favor and consider that come primary season.  I think the folks in Queens can find better representation than Mr. Weiner.

Mark L
Mark L

"This is all getting rather complicated"???  The only complicated thing is your wrestling this into a conspiracy. Weiner did it. It's actually very simple.

darrylsee
darrylsee

Weiner says his account was hacked but hasn't contacted the authorities.  But he has contacted his lawyer.  Maybe his lawyer practices divorce law.

TRACYj.•*¨`*•.¸.•*
TRACYj.•*¨`*•.¸.•*

not sure i should be surprised at the Liberal Double Standards once again being applied here. if a conservative acted so foolishly, they'd be hung out to dry. but since it's democraptastic rising star (gag) ....you're all like "oh big deal, blah blah blah" ----> the public grows weary of this hypocrisy. myself, a registered Democrap included~i just haven't taken the time to UNregister :D !!!

Joe
Joe

Here's why you're wrong. A conservative Republican advocating family values getting caught in a men's room stall tapping his toe is hypocrisy. A liberal Democrat advocating for reduced carbon footprints while flying on a private jet is hypocrisy. A liberal Democrat sending an underwear clad cock shot to a 21yo girl across the country is not hypocrisy, it's stupidity.  Also if you are worried about Weiner's weiner maybe you should be concerned about David Vitter being a client of the DC Madam. I think a Senator perpetuating and supporting the lifestyles of prostitutes is a much more serious matter. So take you hypocritical stick out of your ass, sniff it, and tell me if it smells like roses!

darrylsee
darrylsee

Why do you try to deflect from the subject by bringing up David Vitter?  He was wrong, and he apologized.  It's over.  But what is currently going on is Anthony Weiner attempting to deflect from the fact that he sent a lewd picture to a 21 year old woman, not his wife.

Joe
Joe

I'm not deflecting anything, a women other than his wife? Who gives a shit if it wasn't his wife? Get off your moral high horse, people make mistakes, and this undoubtedly constitutes as a mistake. Partaking in sexual activities with prostitutes repeatedly is not a mistake, it's a perversion. However, conservatives seem to think the case of David Vitter is okay because he apologized. How can you say David Vitter's case is over? He hasn't resigned and he still receives a government paycheck. You are a hypocrite! How dare you defend David Vitter in the same breath that you attack Anthony Weiner.

Joe
Joe

Are we ignoring the fact that he is Jewish? From what I know from Jewish stereotypes, Jews have little penises, and that penis looks to be pretty substantial. Also the photo was deleted before the girl was able to see it, so wouldn't that have defeated the purpose of sending it in the first place? Also how stupid do you have to be to use a public forum to show your junk? If he really wanted to show his package to her I'm sure he knows how to email, IM, MMS, or even Skype . Also if that is his dick, then I'd vote for him! I think we should vote for our politicians like we pick our celebrities! If there was an election between Scott Brown and Anthony Weiner my vote would be decided by girth, length, and appearance.

cw
cw

You erection, not election, right?

Jim
Jim

"substantial"?!?!?!? Really. I feel really sorry for you, pal.

Joe
Joe

It looked girthy to me, a good sized one, nothing I would kick out of bed.

lambchops
lambchops

T-shirt tucked into his underwear?

Case closed, the guy in the photo is a weiner.

Johncake
Johncake

My wifey says that it looks to be 4" max and little girth - no satisfy. 

Sean Delevan
Sean Delevan

I will never again even click on a link from this paper, let alone pick up a physical copy after reading this article...

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin e-mailed a picture of herself in a bra, then lied and said her account was hacked, after having been proven to have repeatedly been in contact with the other party..

This is why nobody reads the stinking papers anymore...

Having lived in NY my whole life, I actually used to read the Voice here and there.

Those days are over..

Sean Delevan
Sean Delevan

#4 - Why are we so worked up about this, anyway?

Are you serious? 

I mean really...Are you serious?

Buckland
Buckland

Two comments:

1> Has there ever been a scandal where the main participant had a more Dickensian appropriate name for the scandal. Actually even calling the name Dickensian is also oddly appropriate in this case.

2> The biggest piece of evidence in Rep Weiner's favor is the picture himself. That's a pretty impressive bulge for a skinny Jewish boy. I'm guessing that will be Exhibit A if anything related to this comes to trial.

Dirty Old Man
Dirty Old Man

If you DM a photo on Twitter, it winds up on your public page.

Tim
Tim

It's not enough that Weiner's married to one of the hottest women in DC [Huma Abedin], but he has to be be involved with this.

jomondo
jomondo

lying idiot.  you can't cover these tracks pal.

Chiron69
Chiron69

Why is a busy, married congressman tweeting young ladies anyway? Why was he "following her on Twitter"?  Does he have time? Does his wife know?Something smells rotten in Denmark.

Ms_Raine
Ms_Raine

Wait I am a bit confused. Breibart is now Tweeting pics of James O'Keef's dick and passing it off as Rep Weiner's? Who the heck is Dan Wolfe? This whole situation reeks of in the closet gay conservative drugs and fuckery. 

AnthonyWeinersWiener
AnthonyWeinersWiener

Inspector Gadget- err, inspectorudy -

"momma can you please list ONE lie Brietbart has told?"...

- Acorn,Van Jones, Shirley Sherrod, etc.

AB is an intentional yellow journalism slanderer. You defending his past practices is pathetic.

"Would you like me to give a short list of the lies Obama has told? Guantanamo closing, Obamacare is going to bend the cost curve down, We can't fight TWO wars at one time so I will start a third, we must stop that dastardly Patriot act now even though I just made my Dems re-pass it, there is no red or blue state only purple and I could go on and on but you get the picture"...

- Guantanamo closure has been blocked w/orchestrated angst from the Reich-wing - I mean "Right-wing"- The AFFORDABLE CARE ACT reformed medicare among other things & saves millions- An Assist to a NATO operation does NOT another US war make- President Obama doesn't "make" Dems or anyone do anything,  This is a Democracy.- "Purple" is the color of your oxygen deprived brain.

No matter what the story, Anti-Obama/Dem TROLLS distort the facts for a smear campaign

Johncake
Johncake

Hey everyone:  Can we agree that we are a republic and not a democracy once and for all.  I would think that the idiots that claim we are a democracy would have been told by now.  Please send out the word---  REPUBLIC

Pablo
Pablo

The names of 3 people are not lies. If you're going to identify lies, you'll have to do better than naming people. Unless you are a living, breathing lie, in which case this begins to make sense.

obama truther
obama truther

COULD YOU BELIEVE THIS!Go to www.barrysoetoro.com and it is the same link as www.whitehouse.gov.The only difference is that at www.barrysoetoro.com it states at the heading;...Barry Soetoro AKA Barack ObamaMaybe the secret being hidden is that Obama's "real" birth certificate lists his race as "white". 

RIChris
RIChris

All Weiner has to do is contact authorities about being hacked and put this to rest. Unless......

gothamcity
gothamcity

How do you know that he hasn't?

Johncake
Johncake

He is forced to have FBI investigate now, they will call him and tell him they are opening a case and he will have to tell them to stand down, they will do what he sayas but we will know - as if we don't already. 

Pablo
Pablo

You'd think he'd have mentioned that if he had.

James Benson
James Benson

Oh, my, it is all so confusing. Poor Rosie, confused by this, confused by that.

Let me help you get UNconfused, Rosie. Weiner claims his account was hacked, and that is how the picture was sent from his account. He is not claiming the story about the picture being sent from his account is untrue. He is claiming that the person who sent it from his account hacked his way in to send it.

If the picture was some sort of Breitbart lie, it would be real simple to prove-- there would not and could not be a record of it having been sent from Weiner's account. But there is (And Weiner knew it) -- that is why Weiner is claiming he was hacked. Weiner tweeted that he was hacked shortly after the picture was sent. He knew it went out from his account.

In the real world, this is what happens when somebody makes a big mistake (Like sending it public when it should have been sent private);  That person panics and yells "I was hacked !". 

There aren't any other options now-- he either sent it himself or he was hacked. If he was hacked, he MUST ask the FBI to investigate. It is a serious matter to hack a sitting Member of Congress, and there must be an investigation. Do you think we will have that investigation ? Me, either.

Bill Schmalfeldt
Bill Schmalfeldt

Using Breitbart's own standard of evidence, we have just published blockbuster proof of Andrew Breitbart's "overly friendly" relationship with farm animals he does not own.  See the shocking evidence at http://billschmalfeldt.com

inspectorudy
inspectorudy

Yeah, why don't you apply the error anaylsis crap to the Obama BC. How about giving all of those conservative gotchas the total benefit of the doubt like you are giving this miserable excuse for a human being? Every liberal sewer pipe is blaiming Brietbart for this and not bothering to look into whether it is a true story. If we took the same attitude toward the leftist liberal MSM and their reporting that you do with Brietbart we would never read or watch any of your crap again.  

Johncake
Johncake

In case you didn't notice, no one IS reading or watching their crap anyway - except them!

Orlando Real Estate
Orlando Real Estate

Many more updates since you posted this...1. Cordova tweeted that Wiener was her boyfriend on April 9, 2011.  Cordova's friend tweeted about her crush on WIener the 10th of April.2. Wiener was confirmed at a conference in the city that Cordova attended in March, 2011.3. New evidence shows Wiener is stalking a teenage female on twitter.  Creepy stuff.  Dumb as shit to do, yet he did it.4. http://justpaste.it/weinerbone...5. THe idiots who are claiming this disproves the image http://errorlevelanalysis.com/... , do NOT understand the software.  THis software was developed in part to analyse FOIA releases with heavy redactions, I was a volunteer who combed through a hundred pages of DoD FOIA docs for the YellowCake leaks after the Plamegate fiasco, that screengrab of Wiener's weiner is the real deal...

Pat Clarkson
Pat Clarkson

Rosie, the "doctored image" story is just straw-grasping from Daily Kos posters. Their claim is that the photo wasn't really posted on Weiner's account, it's just photoshopped to make it look like it was.

But as you said yourself, "there's no question that the photo was tweeted from that account". Weiner fully admits this by claiming that his twitter account was hacked. He doesn't deny that the picture was sent, he just denies being the one to do it.

So what possible reason would there be to "fake" an image, when Weiner admits the picture came from his account?

(Not to mention, the claim of the image being doctored is faulty to say the least, and there are other screengrabs of it available, not just the one Breitbart posted.)

Johncake
Johncake

I think it was a fake.  There is a falsie in there and even that is small

joeedh
joeedh

The evidence of doctoring is faulty, yes.  If you read the explanation on the site, it says that areas with hard lines will look different from the rest (in general, the Daily Kos writers know too little of jpeg to comment on this).

I don't know why progressives are so upset about it.  I can't imagine anyone outside of Politico caring about this.  Too small-bore.  The hacking argument is too plausible (or a disgruntled staffer playing a prank).  Did the left really use "scandals" this small against Republicans?  Given the response from progressives, I'm inclined to think they must have, even with out research (why else are they overreacting so much?)

Cs47
Cs47

Why was a married NY congressman following a 20 year old college student from Seattle in the first place? One of only 91 people he followed on Twitter?  ( Check her picture for a clue)  Also apparently following a high school girl.  Creep.  Perve.

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