Weiner says he did not send it - that someone hacked into his account. But he will not permit an investigation by authorities to determine who is responsible.
Weiner has hired an attorney and a private firm to investigate. But Twitter's policy states it will not provide information about postings without a subpoena, court order or other legal documents, raising questions about why law enforcement wasn't investigating a possible cybercrime against a member of Congress.
Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, said Thursday the department was not probing the incident, because "we have not been asked to investigate."
By hiring a private firm, Weiner controls the release of information about the investigation.
This begs the question, "WHY?"
If someone hacks into a sitting (and newly married) congressman's account and sends lewd images to unsuspecting young girls, and compromises his integrity, his marriage and his chance of being elected mayor of New York City, why would he go to such lengths to actually prevent finding out who the responsible person is? Wouldn't he want to prove, as quickly as possible, that HE did not send it?
And another point to ponder - the image actually is of Mr. Weiner in his undershorts - actually, just a close-up. And a reasonable person would wonder why Weiner took such a picture of himself and put it on his computer to begin with.
A shrink would say it is a sign of dire narcissism. And that same shrink would probably say anyone who is that narcissistic would eventually send that picture to someone.
I would like to give Weiner the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, it is Weiner, himself, that fosters the doubt.
Authorize an investigation by the Capitol police or the FBI, Mr. Weiner. Otherwise, accept responsibility for being the culprit.