Weiner says hacking claim was a lie

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As recently as last Wednesday Weiner claimed he had been hacked, but tellingly hedged when asked if he would report the incident to authorities for investigation. In contrast, the FBI is investigating claims that senior government officials were targeted as part of the recent Gmail phishing scheme.

On Monday he was contrite, repeatedly taking responsibility for what he termed a "personal failing" and apologizing profusely to his wife Huma. Weiner claimed he had broken no laws and had used his personal BlackBerry and computer to conduct the conversations.