Yup I’d hire a lawyer too if someone hacked my twitter account

by Datechguy | May 30th, 2011

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Yup I'd hire a lawyer too if someone hacked my twitter account

…and then decide not to comment.

After all isn’t this what every­one does?

A spokesman for Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Demo­c­rat, told The Daily Caller the Congressman’s team has “retained coun­sel” and is explor­ing the “proper next steps” after his offi­cial Twit­ter account posted a pic­ture of a man’s erect penis under­neath gray boxer shorts. The internet-​driven scan­dal has come to be known online as “#Wein­er­gate,” a pun on the Congressman’s last name.

I don’t claim to be a law expert if I had a client that wanted advice on what to do if some­one hacked my account, the legal con­ver­sa­tion I would have would be in two sentences:

Call the police, that will be $1000.

Now I’m sure that Mr. Weiner’s coun­sel not being a fool is going to allow Rep Weiner to pay him big bucks for as long as pos­si­ble, but rep Weiner’s deci­sion to go this route is going to mean some­thing else to even non-​twitter famil­iar peo­ple. It cer­tainly drew a reac­tion from Stacy McCain.

There are direct ques­tions that Rep Weiner has cho­sen not to answer at this point. He retain­ing of a lawyer means that no answers will be forth­com­ing. This cer­tainly does not bode well in terms of appear­ances and a media savvy con­gress­man would know this.

One must con­clude that given the choice of :

A: answer­ing direct ques­tions

OR

B: Tak­ing actions that would cause rea­son­able peo­ple to con­clude he is hid­ing something.

…Con­gress­man Weiner has decided the less dam­ag­ing action to his future ambi­tions is the later.

There is every pos­si­bil­ity that Anthony Weiner will come out of this with a whole skin so to speak, but this lat­est action means that it will come at a cost in the minds of vot­ers , appar­ently he is count­ing on the MSM to cover this with the same due dili­gence that they give any poten­tial scan­dal that doesn’t involve a republican.

Update: Not to worry Anthony, you have Charles John­son in your cor­ner. That must bring a sigh of relief. Par­tic­u­larly when you are deal­ing with some mas­ter­ful snark from Ace of Spades HQ:

…per­haps I’m being too hard on Con­gress­man Weiner. I mean every PSA I’ve ever seen about crimes always urges peo­ple that if you are the vic­tim of a crime or see one com­mit­ted you should imme­di­ately call the cops retain coun­sel to help you con­sider your options.

I bet the idiot who ille­gally accessed Palin’s emails wishes he’d picked on Weiner instead. She called the cops but appar­ently Weiner is more for­giv­ing of being violated.

Yup Rep Weiner is much too sophis­ti­cated to merely go after the “hacker” in court like that hick Sarah Palin did.

Update 2: A report on CNN showed Weiner in per­son claim­ing it was a hacker and pooh poohing it. That’s impor­tant. Strangely enough nobody at CNN thought to ask why the lady in ques­tion was being fol­lowed by Weiner. As for the con­tin­ued “dis­trac­tion” busi­ness, I remem­ber hear­ing some­thing like that back in the late 90’s from another demo­c­ra­tic pol who loved the camera.

Update 3: Two days Two insta­lanches, and I sus­pect tomor­row will be even bigger!

…and then decide not to comment.

After all isn’t this what everyone does?

A spokesman for Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, told The Daily Caller the Congressman’s team has “retained counsel” and is exploring the “proper next steps” after his official Twitter account posted a picture of a man’s erect penis underneath gray boxer shorts. The internet-driven scandal has come to be known online as “#Weinergate,” a pun on the Congressman’s last name.

I don’t claim to be a law expert if I had a client that wanted advice on what to do if someone hacked my account, the legal conversation I would have would be in two sentences:

Call the police, that will be $1000.

Now I’m sure that Mr. Weiner’s counsel not being a fool is going to allow Rep Weiner to pay him big bucks for as long as possible, but rep Weiner’s decision to go this route is going to mean something else to even non-twitter familiar people. It certainly drew a reaction from Stacy McCain.

There are direct questions that Rep Weiner has chosen not to answer at this point. He retaining of a lawyer means that no answers will be forthcoming. This certainly does not bode well in terms of appearances and a media savvy congressman would know this.

One must conclude that given the choice of :

A: answering direct questions

OR

B: Taking actions that would cause reasonable people to conclude he is hiding something.

…Congressman Weiner has decided the less damaging action to his future ambitions is the later.

There is every possibility that Anthony Weiner will come out of this with a whole skin so to speak, but this latest action means that it will come at a cost in the minds of voters , apparently he is counting on the MSM to cover this with the same due diligence that they give any potential scandal that doesn’t involve a republican.

Update: Not to worry Anthony, you have Charles Johnson in your corner. That must bring a sigh of relief. Particularly when you are dealing with some masterful snark from Ace of Spades HQ:

…perhaps I’m being too hard on Congressman Weiner. I mean every PSA I’ve ever seen about crimes always urges people that if you are the victim of a crime or see one committed you should immediately call the cops retain counsel to help you consider your options.

I bet the idiot who illegally accessed Palin’s emails wishes he’d picked on Weiner instead. She called the cops but apparently Weiner is more forgiving of being violated.

Yup Rep Weiner is much too sophisticated to merely go after the “hacker” in court like that hick Sarah Palin did.

Update 2: A report on CNN showed Weiner in person claiming it was a hacker and pooh poohing it. That’s important. Strangely enough nobody at CNN thought to ask why the lady in question was being followed by Weiner. As for the continued “distraction” business, I remember hearing something like that back in the late 90′s from another democratic pol who loved the camera.

Update 3: Two days Two instalanches, and I suspect tomorrow will be even bigger!

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