Congressman says hacker placed lewd photo on Twitter account
May 30th, 2011
11:48 PM ET

Congressman says hacker placed lewd photo on Twitter account

A weekend controversy involving a lewd photo posted on the Twitter account of Rep. Anthony Weiner is a "prank" caused by a hacker, Weiner told CNN on Monday.

Weiner, a New York Democrat who is one of the leading liberal voices in the House, blamed the photo on a hacker who got control of his social networking accounts.

"Look, this is a prank and not a terribly creative one," Weiner (pictured) told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday, adding: "I was hacked. It happens to people. You move on."

However, Weiner's spokesman, Dave Arnold, said the congressman has retained an attorney to look into the situation.

"We've retained counsel to explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken," Arnold said in a statement. "This was a prank. We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice."

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  1. Ellis-From Panama

    Stop it Bob. Leave me alone you gay basher.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob 2

    Please Ellis we all need you.

    May 31, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Big whoop.
    They'll find who did/didn't do it.

    @Karen S.:


    May 31, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lyndsie Graham

    It's funny how it's always a liberal member of Congress that gets targeted by these creeps,never a conservative one. It appears that these right-wing fanatics think of everything!!! Remember Watergate,anyone???

    May 31, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • WE Willie Weiner

      Rep Weiner's great, great, great.......................grandmother forsaw this day. When they shortened the name to Weiner, she said "Maybe another NAME- by the year 2011 – some idiot great..................grandson will try to show his weiner to the world
      especially with all that Twitter, etc."

      June 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Themightydousch

    Hacked the Weiner? Doubt it, politicians are freaks

    May 31, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Josette

    So Weiner's way out of falsely reporting a hacking will be to say that he "was advised by counsel to let it go.". We all know that if Weiner was in the GOP, and not a Democratic hack married to Hillary's "body woman," we'd be hearing about this 24/7 on every site, in a very different light. Sorry, CNN, America is on to your game. Your propaganda is akin to that of Goebbels.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      "Your propaganda is akin to that of Goebbels"

      I'm sorry which of the following Goebbels propaganda principles is CNN using? Do you yell Hitler in chat rooms?

      1. Propagandist must have access to intelligence concerning events and public opinion.

      2. Propaganda must be planned and executed by only one authority.

      a. It must issue all the propaganda directives.

      b. It must explain propaganda directives to important officials and maintain their morale.

      c. It must oversee other agencies' activities which have propaganda consequences

      3. The propaganda consequences of an action must be considered in planning that action.

      4. Propaganda must affect the enemy's policy and action.

      a. By suppressing propagandistically desirable material which can provide the enemy with useful intelligence

      b. By openly disseminating propaganda whose content or tone causes the enemy to draw the desired conclusions

      c. By goading the enemy into revealing vital information about himself

      d. By making no reference to a desired enemy activity when any reference would discredit that activity

      5. Declassified, operational information must be available to implement a propaganda campaign

      6. To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.

      7. Credibility alone must determine whether propaganda output should be true or false.

      8. The purpose, content and effectiveness of enemy propaganda; the strength and effects of an expose; and the nature of current propaganda campaigns determine whether enemy propaganda should be ignored or refuted.

      9. Credibility, intelligence, and the possible effects of communicating determine whether propaganda materials should be censored.

      10. Material from enemy propaganda may be utilized in operations when it helps diminish that enemy's prestige or lends support to the propagandist's own objective.

      11. Black rather than white propaganda may be employed when the latter is less credible or produces undesirable effects.

      12. Propaganda may be facilitated by leaders with prestige.

      13. Propaganda must be carefully timed.

      a. The communication must reach the audience ahead of competing propaganda.

      b. A propaganda campaign must begin at the optimum moment

      c. A propaganda theme must be repeated, but not beyond some point of diminishing effectiveness

      14. Propaganda must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans.

      a. They must evoke desired responses which the audience previously possesses

      b. They must be capable of being easily learned

      c. They must be utilized again and again, but only in appropriate situations

      d. They must be boomerang-proof

      15. Propaganda to the home front must prevent the raising of false hopes which can be blasted by future events.

      16. Propaganda to the home front must create an optimum anxiety level.

      a. Propaganda must reinforce anxiety concerning the consequences of defeat

      b. Propaganda must diminish anxiety (other than concerning the consequences of defeat) which is too high and which cannot be reduced by people themselves

      17. Propaganda to the home front must diminish the impact of frustration.

      a. Inevitable frustrations must be anticipated

      b. Inevitable frustrations must be placed in perspective

      18. Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.

      19. Propaganda cannot immediately affect strong counter-tendencies; instead it must offer some form of action or diversion, or both.

      May 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jinx

    @Fake Lyndsie Graham, George Patton, Ruffnutt, Cesar, John, Cricket, etc, etc,

    Sure is funny how the left-wing thugs on this blog keeps stealing names to post their retarded rhetoric.
    And, no, I'm not a Tea Partier, so this is not tea-party lingo.
    Just. Stop. It.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jinx

    Uh, Josette, you do relize this IS CNN?

    And I heard about this yesterday on the news, so your analogy is flawed.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey

    Goebbels-like propaganda, Josette?
    Propaganda, yes.
    Other polarity.

    May 31, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey

    @ This ersatz Ellis:
    Nobody cares who's gay anymore.
    If you want attention, you'll have to do something unusual.
    Why don't you open a lab to clone humans, for instance? If you did that, you wouldn't even be able to go to the mall without causing a riot.
    Put that drive to good use.
    Being gay isn't worth attention, no matter what you say you can do with it.

    May 31, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barney Frank (D-Mass)

    Move along. Nothing to see here except he's got my muddy butt on his balls.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Richard

    What everyone fails to recognize is that if his Twitter and Facebook account were hacked then you have to ask yourself what else may have been hacked? Because Weiner is a member of congress he is privy to much more private information than the average Joe and how knows what else may have been revealed. By not reporting this to the FBI for a full investigation he is comprising all of use. It should be very simple to trace this "hacker" via IP addressing and the FBI is very good at.... that's unless Weiner doesn't want them to look for the obvious reasons.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    I just want to know how the purported hacker got a pic of Weiner in his underwear? Was it fotoshopped? Was the 21 yr. old woman someone he knew & had contact with? That's something pretty easy to prove or disprove! If it was a right wing attempt to discredit this man, that's gonna be 1 gigantic hullabaloo, & sure to be very entertaining!

    May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nina Kay Carroll

    Rep. Weiner is absolutely right. This story has gone right into the ridiculous. Do you have any idea what a pain in the ass it is to try to file charges against anyone on a case like this? Whether he wants to fool with it or not, CNN is coming off looking like cheap paparazzi. If it is a scandal then the media will find out from somewhere else and not from harassing this guy for days. Email and Twitter hacking is becoming more and more common. Several of my friends had theirs hacked recently and sent out messages asking people for money. It is a technological age and this is just one of the disadvantages. I love CNN and watch it daily but lately it is becoming more yellow journalism and entertainment crap than real news. In the midst of all the other hideous news choices like Fox and MSNBC for god's sake CNN please try to stay classy and rise above the Hollywood-like garbage.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
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