Rep. Anthony Weiner has signaled that his Twitter feed was recently hacked, after a sexually suggestive picture was sent from his account to a female follower.

Dave Arnold, a spokesman for Weiner, indicated in a statement to The Hill that the New York Democrat’s Facebook and Twitter feed had “obviously” been hacked.

He also signaled that the congressman had not decided whether to report what happened to authorities. A hacker convicted of illegally accessing an email account of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin received a yearlong prison sentence.


“This is intended to be a distraction, and we’re not going to let it become one. Anthony’s accounts were obviously hacked,” Arnold said. “He doesn’t know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next.”

The picture, which seems to show the lower half of a man wearing tight gray underwear, was reportedly sent late Friday night. It is not currently on Weiner’s Twitter feed.

The incident was first reported by Big Government -- one of the sites owned by Andrew Breitbart, the conservative web entrepreneur -- and has since attracted lots of attention on like-minded websites.

For his part, Weiner himself, a prolific tweeter, joked about the situation not long after it happened -- on Twitter, naturally.

“Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal,” Weiner tweeted on Saturday, after earlier discussing his inability to watch a hockey game.

“Touche Prof Moriarity. More Weiner Jokes for all my guests! #Hacked!,” the media-friendly Democrat later added.

As for the recipient of the photo, reports have identified her as a Seattle-area journalism student who followed Weiner on Twitter. Her feed, shown online in some screen captures showing the tweet that reportedly contained the picture, is no longer active.

Arnold had earlier told the New York Post that the congressman had been told recently that his Facebook account might be compromised, but ignored it.

Conservative outlets, meanwhile, have been unconvinced by Weiner’s hacking assertions, noting, for instance, that the congressman had mentioned Seattle in an earlier tweet about a television appearance.