ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York says he “cannot say with certitude” whether or not the photo of a man in gray boxer briefs posted to his Twitter account Friday night is him.
But Weiner, 46, reiterated in an interview with MSNBC’s Luke Russert that he did not deliberately send the image over the public social media network, and that his account was “hacked.”
“This wasn’t my government account. We don’t know what happened here. It was a prank. It wasn’t a national security thing,” he said.
Weiner said he has hired a private security firm to investigate the incident. When asked why he didn’t notify authorities, he said, “I’m not sure it rises — no pun intended — to that level.”
The lewd image in question, directed at a 21-year-old female college student who followed Weiner on Twitter, was first reported by the conservative blog Biggovernment.com. Over the weekend, Weiner dismissed the incident as a political stunt.
During the interview today, Weiner pushed back against suggestions that a handful of young women he followed on Twitter indicated impropriety.
“The people I follow -– it’s fairly random,” he said. “The way I did it recently, I said to people, ‘If you’d like me to follow you, [tweet me] #WeinerYes.’ Sometimes people say, ‘Anthony follow me.’”
“Just because we’re a network of 45,000 people I don’t think people should draw suppositions that I know any of these people in any sense,” he said. “People simply don’t understand that you form networks with people to get more followers.”
Asked how his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been handling the incident, Weiner said, “She has seen an awful lot. But I won’t mind telling you it’s been a befuddling experience.”