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L’affaire Weinergate

To sum things up for readers who didn’t feel the need to follow the latest on Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner’s underpants, here’s what happened. Late Friday night, a tweet from Weiner’s verified Twitter account linked to a picture on the YFrog picture-hosting service of a skinny-legged Caucasian male wearing gray boxer briefs in — how shall we say? — a state of arousal. 

The picture was directed to a college student in Seattle, which set off a twit-storm of speculation that Weiner was having some sort of illicit relationship with the receiver of the tweet. It should be noted that this young lady has since denied any inappropriate relationship with the fiery representative from Queens.

The tweet in question, as well as the picture on YFrog, disappeared almost immediately on Friday. Further, the woman in Seattle locked her Twitter account to prevent people from viewing her posts without her approval at roughly the same time the tweet and pictures from Weiner’s account were deleted. Again, these actions only fueled the speculation of impropriety.

Weiner, a few minutes after the underpants picture was deleted, claimed, via Twitter, this his account was hacked.

You’d think that the hacking of a computer of a member of the House of Representatives would merit some sort of police or FBI investigation, but no. Rep. Weiner has instead called the whole incident a “prank” and has hired a lawyer to advise him on how to proceed further.

There are really only two scenarios. One, Weiner tweeted the indecent photo himself and he’s trying to cover it up; or two, his personal social media accounts were actually hacked. And if the account were hacked, isn’t some sort of investigation warranted to make sure that Weiner’s computers haven’t been compromised for some more malevolent purpose other than sending out dirty pictures?

Unfortunately for Weiner, his action of hiring a lawyer to advise him on the prank are more consistent with a person in scenario one.

And since Weiner is a married man, if this does turn out to be something illicit, I’d bet that the officiant at Weiner’s wedding might be a tad embarrassed by the entire incident. . .

. . .or not.

Coincidentally, there’s seems to be an epidemic of political-genital-tweets. Via, Mary Katharine Ham:

Rookie PC candidate George Lepp says he’s embarrassed that a photo of his family jewels was posted on his campaign Twitter account for about 20 minutes before it was quickly unzipped.

Alan Sakach, communications director for the Ontario Conservatives, said the photo was inadvertently taken by Lepp’s BlackBerry when it was in his front pocket. The photo was posted after someone took it from the candidate for the riding of Niagara Falls, Ont., according to Sakach.

“He is pretty upset and embarrassed,” Sakach said of a photo that was posted on Lepp’s account Sunday. “It was removed as soon as it came to his attention.”

QMI Agency obtained grainy copies of the Twitter page images before they were removed.

Here’s some free advice to all the political consultants out there: if your candidate has a camera on his or her phone, take some black nail polish and paint over the lens. Your candidate will thank you for it.

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