Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Weinergate UPDATED X4 & BUMPED

[original post: 5.30, 8:20am]

This is hilarious. Not the actual action of Rep. Weiner (D-NY) sending a picture of his underwear to a college girl (Gennette Cordova) in Seattle, but the right-wing blog reactions. We can't wait for Weiner to explain the sophisticated hacking of both his and the girl's twitter accounts to Megan Kelly!


Predictions: The Democrats pull out all the stops to counter the attention on this story, Weiner refuses to step down, we are told this is a "distraction" and that we must return to "solving America's problems," and that this is all a right-wing conspiracy. (Some of these predictions have already materialized.)

Our question: If OJ comes across Wiener's hacker during his continued search for his ex-wife's murderer, will he turn the hacker into the FBI?

So here are some of the fun links related to this story:

Ironic Surrealism tracks all the deleted accounts - Weiner's and Cordova's. Good screenshots and timeline info.

DaTechGuy explains twitter and shows that Weiner and Cordova were connected long before this event.

If one wants to believe the congressman’s story one can say she is just trying to avoid further unwanted publicity. One might be able to rationalize that.

One can’t rationalize the fact that until all of this came out, a New York Congressman of some national prominence was following her on twitter. I’m 48 years old and was impressed by being followed by Dana Loesch and Kathryn Lopez tell me how impressed a 20 something year old college girl would be by being followed by a congressman 3000 miles away?

Any person who uses twitter understands with this means.

Ace of Spades lists some questions. Our favorites:

1. Why did Anthony Weiner tweet about the time in Seattle before the dic-pic was sent to, of all places, Seattle?
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3. The Comely Coed, we are to believe, a college girl, received a wholly unsolicited dic-pic from a married sitting Congressman. Why did she react so calmly -- as if she expected such a picture, and desired it? If she had not expected it or desired it, wouldn't it be normal for her to comment, "Hey, a Congressman just sent me a picture of his dork; what's that all about?"

But no, she took it sort of... shockingly well. Why? Did the hackers plan on that too? Did they plan on everything in the future happening just as it did?

This is the perfect focus group to ask this question of: When you send unsolicited dic-pics to random coeds, how do they usually take it?
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4. Weiner claims his accounts were "hacked," which usually means another user has changed passwords and locked the genuine user out; and yet Weiner gains control of his account just four minutes after the hacking. How?
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7. Shortly after this "hack," the Comely Coed deleted her entire Twitter account. And then traces of her online life, including credits on papers and articles, began disappearing. Was this the same "hack" team that sent the dic-pic? Why are they doing this? Why are they being so thorough?

They just hacked a congressman, now they're being brazen and erasing the net-presence of another innocent party? Why? Do they want to spend 10 years in jail?
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Why has his reaction been to try to kill the story and deflect it with jokes about how he's gaining Twitter followers on Michelle Bachmann? This is a joking matter? A hacking? Someone sending sexually explicit photographs from your account to a college girl you supposedly don't know?

And he's laughing about that? It's just all a big joke?

Really?

Ace of Spades announces the hacker has been identified!

Dan Wolfe, aka @patriotusa76, aka right-wing hacker, is the only twitter follower of Weiner - out of 45,000 - that re-tweeted the underwear photo!

Ace of Spades makes contact with Dan:

Ace of Spades: Have you been contacted by any law enforcement officers or agents whatsoever?

Dan Wolfe: No one. Nada. I keep saying bring it on. I have nothing to hide. Not my IP nothing to hide at all.

I keep saying I would love an investigation because I know the outcome. It won't be me.

I'd voluntarily hand anything they want over. Check me and my IP. Anything. I did not post that tweet. Weiner did it.

It could be solved in minutes why is no one but me asking for authorities?

At this point I'm seriously wondering if I can call the authorities myself and ask for investigation.

Whatever it takes to get it started. Fine with me. I just want it investigated. Someone please?

Further:

Isn't it odd that Weiner and the Comely Coed are not calling the police, while the man the left has all-but-accused as being behind this is the only one who wants a police investigation?

Awesome.

Weasel Zippers asks for movie titles if this thing ever leads to a movie. Our favorites:

The Battle of the Bulge
Cock-Tail
Get Shorty
The incredible ‘shrinking’ man
Die hardon
An Inconvenient Tweet
Stiffness in Seattle
Throbbin’ Hood
Tweetcockalypse Now

From The Daily Caller: It has started:

Weiner’s office told TheDC that they won’t allow this issue to become a distraction and that they are “consulting on what steps” they can take regarding the hacking.

“This is intended to be a distraction, and we’re not going to let it become one. Anthony’s accounts were obviously hacked,” said Arnold. “He doesn’t know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next.”

Arnold would not specify what steps Weiner is considering. It is unclear whether a Capitol Hill police or FBI investigation into the hacking will ensue. Neither the Capitol Hill police nor the FBI has returned TheDC’s requests for comment.

Our advice to the GOP: Never let a crisis go to waste.

UPDATE 2:45pm

IowaHawk:

the verified Twitter account of US Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), posted a tweet of a y.frog photo of a slightly-built white male straining to pitch a pup tent in a pair of grey Hanes Underoos. Within seconds, Congressman Weiner arrived at the scene of the cybercrime and instantly recognized it as the work of a hacker who had simultaneously broken into his Twitter, Facebook and y.frog accounts. Working quickly, and without regard to his own safety, Congressman Weiner used his elite law school-honed internet security coding skills to wrest back control of his accounts, delete the offending tweet and photo, as well as unfollow a Seattle coed to whom it was sent.

iMaksim with the first official mockery image:


GatewayPundit has pictures of other young girls with twitter connections to Weiner.

UPDATED 6.2 3:30pm

WE HAVE A THEORY!! Yes, he was hacked!

Please excuse us if someone else came up with this. We've been offline for most of the past 4 days. We did catch the Weiner interview with Maddow yesterday, which was actually quite fair. No questions about the other Weiner girls, and a friendly forum, but Maddow asked some pointed questions. And while we're still unsure if it was Weiner's wiener, we are pretty sure it wasn't Maddow's.

We've put it together, and send a major Ushanka Tip to Breitbart. If he did what we think he did, he is a master media stud in a bench-less media environment.

Our theory:
1) Breitbart and clan was contacted by one of the Weiner Twitter girls. The girl provided the photo and other transcripts of lewd, liberal, lowlife behavior.
2) Breitbart and clan get login info for Weiner's photo and Twitter accounts. They upload the photo and twitter to Weiner's 45k followers.
3) Clan-member or just lucky Twitter user, @patriotusa76, catches the photo and re-tweets.
4) Media storm as Weiner is reduced to half-answers to avoid the release of more information.

Support for this theory:
1)Weiner will not deny the photo is a self-portrait, and must know that it can be traced back to him.
2) He denies sending the pic to Gennette Cordova, which can be true.
3) The subsequent account deletions and behavior are consistent with this theory.
4) Weiner doesn't want FBI assistance because he knows that will trigger the release of more photos and transcripts.

We think we'd get better answers, or an admission, if Weiner had sent the photo as is being alleged. The snowball effect of this story - in friendly media - suggests Breitbart is involved.

UPDATE 6.3 6pm

Found at IOTW:



UPDATE 6.7 9:50am

Weiner gave his press conference yesterday. He sent the pic, and will not resign. In a district that would elect another liberal in a second, his actions - two weeks ago and now - demonstrate he only thinks of himself.

Many blog posts out there on this story. Here are the ones that stood out:

Ann Barnhardt summarizes:

Weiner is merely pathetic. A nation of people that permits men like him to continue to pollute the hallowed halls of their capitol is terrifying. The reason this country is going straight to hell isn't because it contains men like Weiner. The reason we are going straight to hell is because we don't respect OURSELVES enough to DEMAND better of our elected leaders. A nation that thinks that it deserves to be ruled by lying, cheating pervs is already dead. The rest is just academic.


Zombie addresses the flaw in the liberal progressive communist mantra that Weiner isn't a hypocrite because he didn't run on family values.


Within the parameters of this “Hypocrisy Defense”…Which do you think the general public prefers: An ideology that at least tries to champion a moral code, but whose adherents sometimes fail to live up to it; or an ideology that by its own definition is inherently immoral and whose adherents don’t even have a moral code to violate?

But our favorite is the fact that Breitbart crashed the press conference yesterday! That man is on fire!

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