US Rep. Weiner admits to sending photo

5:12 PM, Jun 6, 2011   |    comments
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  • US Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) (AP)
  • Conservative site says a woman claims this photo was sent to her by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. (CNN)

NEW YORK -- In a news conference Monday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, said he had lied about being hacked, and that photos of a man's crotch that were Tweeted from his account last week were his.

Weiner said he wanted to clear up questions and "take full responsibility for his actions." He said he sent the photo last week as a joke, and intended it as a personal message. When he released he had sent the image as a general Tweet, he immediately removed it and panicked.

He said he claimed his account had been hacked, and after being challenged, continued to maintain that story.

Weiner said he had been engaged in what he called "inappropriate conversations" with several women over at least the past six years.

He went on to say that he was not resigning, and apologized to his wife, friends, constituents and the media.

"To be clear, I am deeply regretting what I have done, and am not resigning," Weiner said.

When asked if he would apologize to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, he said he is "first and foremost" sorry to his wife. He said the two have no plans to divorce. His wife did not appear at the press conference with him.

"I'm not blaming anyone. This is my own personal mistake. This is a deep weakness I have demonstrated and for this I apologize," Weiner said.

He said some of the communication dated back three years and that his wife knew about it before they were married. He said she did not know he lied about sending last week's Twitter photo.

News of Weiner's planned address came after, a site from Breitbart, posted a picture of a bare-chested man that it says a woman claims came from Weiner.

Breitbart took to the podium at the Sheraton Hotel in New York where reporters were waiting for Weiner to speak.

"I'm here for vindication," Breitbart said, saying he was upset about being accused of "being a hacker against a congressman."

(CNN & USA Today contributed to this article)

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