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Private Security Firm Investigates Alleged ‘Weinergate’ Hacking

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Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., waits for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011. (credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., waits for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011. (credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

NEW YORK (CBS 2)Congressman Anthony Weiner insists he didn’t tweet a lewd picture to a young college student. He said he has a private security firm looking into how his account was hacked, Kathryn Brown reports.

“I don’t want to say with certitude that it didn’t start out being a photograph of mine and now looks as something different or maybe it was something from another account that got sent to me,” Rep. Weiner said in a TV interview. “I don’t want to say for sure.”

The vague answer was characteristic of the ones he’s been giving reporters since the scandal broke open. Many would argue a man should be able to say with certainty whether the picture, an intimate one of a man’s bulging underwear, was a photo of himself or not, but so far, Weiner has not denied it.

Instead, he relied on his trademark temper and jokes about his name to re-direct attention.

“Whether the photo is me? Am I allowed to say I wish? Look, we don’t know for sure,” he said.

Weiner was also dodging questions about why he follows the recipient of the picture, Seattle college student Genette Nicole Cordova, along with a bevy of other women on Twitter.

Political experts said the implications of the scandal could rock his successful congressional career and even derail his self-proclaimed hopes to be the next mayor.

“For the time being it casts a pallor on whether he can be a reasonable candidate for mayor.  Why? Too many questions.  Ultimately people will forgive Twitter but they won’t forgive not coming clean,” said Hank Sheinkopf, political consultant.

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