The FBI has received no official complaint from Rep. Anthony Weiner that his Twitter account was hacked, and the bureau is not investigating, FBI officials tell Newsmax.
If the New York Democrat did report it and it turned out he was lying about the alleged attack on his account, he could be subject to a felony charge, FBI sources point out.
“We have not received any complaint,” one official says. “Unless we get an official complaint and there is a reason to believe a crime has been committed, we won’t initiate an investigation. The onus is on him to report. The fact that he is a U.S. congressman means we would take it very seriously. We don’t want a person in that position to be a victim of a cyber attack.”
But, the official adds, “It goes without saying that an individual may have reason not to make a report to the FBI if he made up a story about being hacked. The first thing we would do is interview him on the record. If he makes a false statement, he would be subject to a felony charge for lying to an FBI agent. We do take that seriously.”
In fact, you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to see that Weiner is covering up his tawdry activities on Twitter.
The facts are fairly simple: A pretty 21-year-old college student in Seattle received a Twitter message from the Democrat’s account with a photo of an erect male organ barely concealed by his undershorts.
Weiner, 46, is married to Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
At first, Weiner’s office claimed his account had been hacked. But Weiner’s office immediately withdrew the photo from his Twitter feed, indicating he still had control of it.
Weiner has since said he has not reported the alleged crime to either the U.S. Capitol Police or the FBI. He has said he doesn’t want to make a “federal case” out of it.
That tells you everything you need to know about whether Weiner is telling the truth when he says he did not send the photo. If Weiner’s account had been hacked, he would have reported it, and the appropriate agencies would have confirmed they are investigating. If Weiner had reported it and the claim was bogus, Weiner could have faced criminal charges not only for lying to the FBI but for filing a false police report with the Capitol Police.
Instead of reporting the alleged offense, Weiner has variously said he is hiring a lawyer or engaging a private investigative company to look into the matter. That is not what you do when you are the victim of a crime.
Moreover, in an interview with NBC’s Luke Russert, Weiner would not comment on whether the image in question was of him.
“I can’t say with certitude,” he said. “My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated. Pictures can be dropped in and inserted.”
Asked flatly by a journalist, “Is that picture you?” Weiner replied, “You know I’m not going to talk about this anymore.” He went on to refer to a reporter who asked a question as a “jackass.” Now the combative congressman is claiming he will not discuss the incident further.
Of course, anyone who had a photo taken of himself in underwear would remember it and also would know where the photo went.
Instead of forthrightly addressing the issue and substantiating his version of events, Weiner has chosen to build a smokescreen, claiming that the issue is a “distraction” meant to keep him from pursuing the Democratic agenda.
New FBI agents are taught at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va., to look for such signs of deception: If a suspect is telling the truth, he sticks to the issue at hand and doesn’t try to change the subject.
While Weiner has nearly 50,000 followers on Twitter, Gennette Cordova, the Seattle woman who received the photo, is just one of 198 people he follows on Twitter. Porn star Ginger Lee tweeted last month that she received a direct message from Weiner, and several other attractive women say they’ve been surprised to get a “follow” or a message from him.
Weiner has long set his sights set on becoming mayor of New York. He ran for the office back in 2005, finishing second in the primary to then Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer. Weiner is now said to be intent on making another bid for the job.
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