Anthony Weiner's Use Of TweetDeck: What Does It Mean For The Hacking Alibi?

The Daily is semi-dropping bombs today in an article about Anthony Weiner's potentially incriminating use of TweetDeck. They obtained data from TweetCongress.org, which compiles all congressional tweets, and found that the third-party Twitter app was used for all of Weiner's tweets the night of the infamous dick shot. This probably rules out the possibility of his being hacked via email, a theory which had been floated. The Daily says the TweetDeck thing "adds another hurdle for an alibi that has come under increasing fire" -- i.e., it makes the hacking excuse look more fishy. If the tweet came from somewhere else, it would seem less likely that Weiner sent it.

However, it doesn't actually negate the fact that a good hacker could simply notice that Weiner used TweetDeck that night and then mimic it with the hacked tweet. So what can we really garner from this TweetDeck affair? What we do know is that finding out the IP address of the tweet would pretty much figure the whole thing out.

The man behind TweetCongress.org told the Daily that "All they have to do is look at his TweetDeck and see if it came from there, see what IP address [it had]. The local police department or Capitol Police could probably figure this out in 15 minutes."

An investigation of someone's IP address is a big deal and not to be taken lightly. But if Weiner is serious about the hacking thing, he could call for a criminal investigation and have the cops show that the IP address from which the dick tweet originated was not his. As for the possibility of someone mimicking his IP address, if we're already thinking ahead: Reuters API manager (and SoupSoup) Anthony De Rosa told me that "It's not impossible to spoof an IP but it's unlikely since there aren't many opportunities for the hacker to know the congressman's IP at the time of his location." So it does seem as though the IP address would put this one to bed, one way or another.

It's not as though Weiner's hesitance in getting the authorities involved somehow indicates his "guilt." This isn't an issue of guilt and innocence; it's really an issue of good vs. bad PR. Weiner's attempts to clarify this in the press have been failures so far. The answer might be to just go to the cops and end it once and for all -- unless it was his penis and he sent the photo. He may or may not have done that. Deep breaths.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]


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