The controversy surrounding New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account, and the lewd photograph found therein, has not subsided. Rather, more fuel has been added to stoke the flames.
On Monday, a website run by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart posted new pictures of Wiener -- pictures, the site alleges, that were emailed to a young woman he declined to identify, CBS News reported.
Breitbart's website, BigGovernment.com claims that the new woman has come forward with photos, chats and emails she claims were sent to her by the congressman, suggesting the two were involved in an online, consensual relationship involving the mutual exchange of intimate photographs.
The first picture shows Weiner holding a piece of paper with the word me written on it, an arrow pointing to his face. According to Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, Weiner sent the photo to prove to the woman it was, in fact, he whom she was corresponding with online.
And yet another photo, allegedly sent to the young woman on May 20 via a Yahoo! email address that she claims was an alternate alias for Weiner, displays a shirtless congressman with several apparently identifying portraits, including a photograph that appears to be of Rep. Weiner with former President Bill Clinton (at above right, behind the left shoulder), BigGovernment.com said.
The now-famous, original photo of the lower body of a man wearing underwear was posted to the Democratic representative's Twitter account on May 27; Weiner insists that he did not post the photo and believes his account was hacked as a prank. He does leave open the possibility that the photo is of him, saying he can't deny it with certitude.
The young woman, to whom the tweet was directed, said she was being harassed by someone trying to smear the congressman.
Weiner, who again maintains the salacious tweet was the work of a hacker, has retained an attorney to investigate the matter. He has also tried to downplay the incident, although he held a press conference in which he was evasive when asked whether or not he had sent the photo.
This is not a national security matter, he told NBC. We are not making a federal case out of this and I don't think anyone else should.
Last week, Weiner told CNN that he intends to get back to work doing the job that I'm paid to do.