Weinergate, Day Three: Now Alleged Twitter-Hacker Speaks

A blogger for Andrew Breitbart's truthsite valiantly spent part of his Memorial Day weekend reaching out to the guy suspected of putting an underwear-covered erect penis pic on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)'s official Twitter account. The blogger got a response!

Over Twitter, BigGovernment.com contributor Lee Stranahan reached out to Dan Wolfe—aka @patriotusa76—and asked Wolfe if he was responsible for putting the salacious underwear picture on Weiner's Twitter stream or not. Wolfe, as we told you yesterday, was identified by a DailyKos user as the person who brought Weinergate to life. But Wolfe says he "had nothing at all to do with the picture being posted on the @RepWeiner account," adding in a follow-up tweet to Stranahan: "Feel free to ask any more questions. I'm open to investigation too. I didn't hack anything."

All right, then, case closed! Enjoy your holiday grilling, Mr. Wolfe. (And don't forget to add a little sugar to the potato salad.)

While Wolfe denies any involvement in America's most pressing national security issue, Weiner and his people stuck to the "hacker" argument like barbecued ribs stick to ... our ribs? "He doesn't know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next," says spokesman Dave Arnold about his boss—who reportedly spent yesterday being grilled, just like your favorite holiday treats. Weinergate affair "is intended to be a distraction, and we're not going to let it become one," Arnold adds.

If @patriotusa76 didn't hack, but somebody did hack, then this means that the Weiner-hacker is still out there, possibly preparing to strike again. What does this mean for your average taxpaying Joe Twitterer? "That an official account of a member of Congress can be hacked has even broader ramifications," writes BigGovernment blogger Dan Riehl. "Many taxpayers may not think it the laughing matter Rep. Anthony Weiner appeared to think it was, given his own reaction."

Even though he's part of Andrew Breitbart's family, Riehl's got a point about being careful with the Twitter. So from now on, we suggest keeping your own underwear pix off the Internet. Send them via U.S. mail—the postal service could use your business.

[BigGovernment, WSJ]