To what is Weiner referring?

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“This was a prank intended to derail me or distract me, whatever it is. It is not a federal case. Now maybe it will turn out, maybe it will turn out, forgive me, maybe it will turn out that this is the point of Al Qaeda’s sword and that this is the effort that is going to, this is where it’s going to begin…”

Weiner said it is possible that the photo was “manipulated.”

“We don’t know where this photograph came from – if it has been manipulated, which is a possibility, as Jon Stewart alluded to last night,” he said.

“There are reasons to believe it might have been, and so I’ve asked someone who does this for a living professionally to try to get to the bottom of it.”

Weiner seems to have come up with a new strategy here: Make himself such a repugnant figure that we will all stop talking about him out of sheer disgust. That’s about the only strategy available to him that seems to be working.

Update: And here’s video of the aftermath of the only call Weiner has made to the cops regarding Weinergate: He called the police, not to help track down the “hacker,” but to chase a major New York City reporter away from his office.