Assuming Andrew Breitbart's promise of more compromising photos today pans out, say goodbye to Anthony Weiner. (update: did i mean goodbye? not from congress though! most surreal press conference in world history!)
At 6am EDT, Breitbart released a teaser post promising "photographs, timelines, and other clarifying details" from someone Weiner carried on communications with online, very recently. (Perhaps Dan Wolfe in drag, but that's yet to be seen.) Apparently we will be spared the Full-Weiner Treatment, though: "we will not be releasing all of the material because some of it is of an extreme, graphic nature."
At 8am EDT, the first pic came.
The URL title to the Breitbart's post includes "0800-edt", suggesting to me that Breitbart has a series of timed posts he is prepared to pummel us with today. And the title of the "me" image btw, is "IMG00256-20110505-1608.jpg" which matches with the supposed picture-taken date of May 5. I also noted that the 800x600 resolution of this photo and the exif data matches the minimal exif data of the dicktweet photo. In other words, the existence of this photo further supports the argument that weiner did post the dicktweet on May 27.
Breitbart's posting so far says this woman had come forward to them over a week prior to the appearance of the dicktweet. But timing is everything, and now that Weiner has explicitly denied sending the dicktweet, I don't see any way out of this for him. Having online affairs is one thing, but the coverup is always what makes the indiscretions fatal. And the proverbial "pics or it didn't happen" defense of the internet is evaporating.
Though I like a lot of Weiner's politics, and hoped he had been hacked, one cannot ignore evidence like this. That's what global warming deniers do. I pushed getting the evidence to see the posting source of the dicktweet, and when it was confirmed to be tweetdeck, I knew the hacking theory was in trouble. But things seem to have gotten much worse than that.
I guess after Chris Lee and Antony Weiner (and Larry Craig and David Vitter and Bill Clinton and ....) we need to ask ourselves - how many politicians are out there that can be SO FUCKIN STUPID! Probably more than we can imagine.
My only caveat: Breitbart is not reliable. He will spin what evidence there is. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not delusional.
UPDATE 10:19am EDT: Breitbart posted pic #2 at 10am EDT. The alleged subject line of the email was "Me and the pussys." Exif data matches the earlier pic, file name is IMG00165-20101119-2106.jpg suggesting pic taken on November 19, 2010.
I also don't like this:
UPDATE 1:26pm EDT: Post #3 from Breitbart at 1:19 EDT shows a shirtless weiner.