BigGovernment.com questioning published accounts by Rep. Anthony Weiner about his activity on Twitter when a lewd photo from his account was sent publicly to one of the people following his postings.
Given the existence of the Tweet when he allegedly signed onto Twitter four minutes after the image appeared, and that it was re-Tweeted, why would he have not seen it immediately as opposed to over an hour later as has been claimed, wrote Dan Riehl of BigGovernment.com.
Riehl disputed a New York Post account of the incident in which the paper wrote:
the tech-savvy congressman saw the picture almost immediately. He had been tweeting about a hockey game just a few minutes earlier, according to the New York Post.
Using a timeline of the incident Riehl said the time-line proves to be false. He was not Tweeting anything for over 3 hours before the image emerged.
Did Weiner use this time to begin interacting privately with the woman who received the Tweet? He asked.
Something was going on in the intervening time-frame, so what was it? he wrote.
Neither Weinter nor his staff have explained the uncanny coincidence that the congressman was tweeting out the time in Seattle just a few hours before the now infamous crotch-shot tweet was addressed to a Seattle co-ed, he wrote.
Weiner said on Tuesday that the photo posting was a prank caused by a hacker, according to CNN.
Look, this is a prank and not a terribly creative one, Weiner said. I was hacked. I happens to people. You move on.
Weiner spokesman Dave Arnold told CNN Weinter had obtained a lawyer to look to explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken.
This was a prank. We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice.