Conservatives Made Up Fake Identities to "Trap" Weiner on Twitter

As if this story couldn't get any more sordid (or drag on for longer!) here are some new revelations in Weinergate: that conservative tweeters made up fake identities in order to ensnare Anthony Weiner. Although of course it should be noted, whatever you think of the ensuing brouhaha, the congressman only ended up ensnaring himself.

From today'sNew York Times:

Now there is evidence that one or more people created two false identities on Twitter in order to collect information to use against [Weiner].

 A Twitter user employing a fake name posed as a 16-year-old California high school girl in May and tried to get Mr. Weiner to be her prom date, according to people with knowledge of the communications and a review of documents. The person behind another Twitter account created under a fake name claimed to be her classmate and offered to provide the group with incriminating evidence about Mr. Weiner.

The article goes on to discuss the harassment and "intense focus" the congressman received from a conservative tweeting posse known as the #bornfreecrew, and suspicions that some of the young women tweeting at him were not young, and perhaps not women. 

Read the rest of the story here, if you can stand Weinergate for one second longer.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 18, 2011, 4:53am

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