Rep. Anthony Weiner may have accidentally “exposed” himself.
The scandal over a picture sent from Weiner’s Twitter account Friday of a man's bulging underwear took another bizarre turn yesterday as the Democratic congressman went on a damage-control media tour and said he was unsure if photo is of him.
“I can’t say with certitude," Weiner told MSNBC.
Weiner, however, maintained that he didn’t send the naughty photo to a 21-year-old Seattle woman and that his system was hacked.
"We are going to try to find the source of the photograph," Weiner said on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” adding that he didn’t know whether the photo was manipulated, dropped into his computer or taken off it.
Weiner, 46, said he hasn't notified authorities because he doesn't want to make a "federal case" out of it, but noted he has hired a law firm to advise him.
Regardless, Weiner, who is married to former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, had a little fun with the brouhaha.
"Maybe this is the tip of al-Qaida's sword," he told Fox News, later apologizing to anchor Bret Baier for being "a little stiff" in interviews the day before.
Some experts said Weiner is making the fiasco worse by avoiding major questions, including the photo’s origin and why he follows a seemingly high number of young women on Twitter.
"This is a press-driven story ... and if he would just give some answers, the questions would probably cease," said Democratic political consultant Hank Sheinkopf.
Conservative consultant and blogger Karol Marcowicz agreed, saying the way he's handling this is "bananas."
"I think he's lying," Marcowicz said. "That's the wrong way to go. The truth will come out, and I don't think it'll be that long until it does."
Reps for Weiner didn’t respond to requests for comment.
The longer Weiner's scandal drags out, the more unanswered questions pop up. Some red flags:
— Weiner tap-dancing about whether he is depicted in the photo.
— Weiner said he was “hacked," which would be a crime, but he still hasn't called for an official investigation from authorities.
— The woman in question lives in Seattle, and hours before the photo was sent Weiner tweeted the time in Seattle that he would appear on a TV show.
— The 21-year-old student was one of fewer than 200 people — seemingly large number of attractive young women — Weiner followed on Twitter. He had more than 40,000 followers at the time.
Comedians and pundits are yuckin' it up over Weiner:
"In real life, in my memory, this guy had a lot more 'Anthony' and a lot less 'Weiner.” — Jon Stewart, a longtime friend of the congressman, on “The Daily Show”
"If Weiner can't 'say with certitude' that the weiner is his, how many weiner pics does the dude keep on his phone?!" — Erik Erickson, editor in chief of redstate.com, via Twitter
"Riddle: Q: Why did Anthony Weiner hire a lawyer? A: To help him with his briefs." — Comedian Andy Borowitz, via Twitter
"I think Anthony Weiner's Twitter account was hacked again. He just issued a tornado watch in his pants ..." — Eric Stangel, head writer for "Late Show with David Letterman," via Twitter