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US Congressman Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) faced scrutiny this week after a suggestive picture was sent from his Twitter account, denying on Wednesday that he tweeted the photo.
However, the congressman said during a press conference on the incident that was nicknamed "Weinergate" that he could not say "with certitude" that he was not the man in the photograph.
The picture, sent via Twitter to a college student in Washington, depicts a man in gray briefs from the waist down. Media attention to the photo is said to be overshadowing Weiner's burgeoning 2013 campaign to be elected mayor of New York.
Weiner told reporters: "We don't know where the photograph came from. We don't know for sure what's on it."
The congressman, who is known for his sense of humor
, then used double entendres to explain his behavior after deleting the tweet: "I'm not sure I want to put national, federal resources into trying to figure out who posted a picture on Weiner's website, um, whatever. I'm not really sure it rises, no pun intended, to that level."
He also called the alleged hacking incident "the point of al-Qaida's sword."
Weiner later told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that the image may have
"started out being a photograph of mine. Stuff gets manipulated."
The New York Congressman told CNN that the incident is taking a toll on
his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"I'm protecting my wife, who every day is waking up to these insane
stories that are getting so far from reality. You know, we've been
married less than a year," he said.