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Weiner’s Defense Unraveling

Even before Andrew Breibart announced a cache of revealing material allegedly proving that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) was “involved in an online, consensual relationship involving the mutual exchange of intimate photographs” with an unidentified young woman, the embattled congressman’s dubious claims that he was the victim of a “hack” or “prank” were already being shot through with holes.

For example, The Daily reports that the infamous “randy photo” (Weiner’s words) was sent via TweetDeck — an Adobe desktop application — as opposed to the photosharing site Yfrog, as some have been suggesting. In fact, according to a website that catalogs every Tweet sent out by members of Congress, Weiner had been using TweetDeck all evening up to the time when the picture was sent, and continued to do so afterward. Experts say this new piece of evidence makes it “more plausible” that Weiner sent the photo because it presents yet another obstacle that a potential hacker would have had to negotiate in order successfully pull off this “prank.”

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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