On Saturday, Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s (D-NY) Twitter account shocked followers when it appeared that he had tweeted a lewd photo of a man, taken from the waist down, and sent it to the Twitter account of 21-year-old Gennette Nicole Cordova, a college student in Seattle.
The photo was deleted immediately. A spokesman for the New York representative says the tweet was sent by a hacker, though offered no further explanation in terms of how or why. Weiner himself tweeted, “Touche Prof Moriarity. More Weiner Jokes for all my guests! #Hacked!”
Cordova says that ever since the rep decided to follow her on Twitter, she’s received anonymous harassment messages from an unknown person. She also says she never saw the photo in question. “There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony
Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had
apparently been deleted before it reached me,” she says.
Because of Weiner’s job, a Twitter hack would constitute a federal crime and it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for the FBI to investigate, but no announcement of such an investigation has been launched. Some bloggers speculate that Weiner did send the photo intentionally, but he meant for it to be a direct message, not a public tweet. Others question why a Congressman is following a college-aged girl on Twitter to begin with.