Anthony Weiner ‘began sending explicit messages to 23-year-old Obama campaigner after she emailed criticizing his FIRST sexting scandal‘
- Sydney Leathers, believed to be the woman behind the latest Weiner sex message scandal, has fled her home in Indiana
- Political blogger, 23, ‘has hired an agent and hopes to make $100,000 from her lurid details’
- High school friend told MailOnline that Leathers posted on Facebook a few months ago: ‘I could ruin someone’s life right now’
- Relationship allegedly began in July 2012 and continued until November 2012 – but she said they most recently spoke this April
- Consisted of frequent online conversations and daily ‘phone sex’ calls
- Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin stood by him and said she had ‘forgiven him’
Anthony Weiner began sending sexual messages and graphic pictures to a 23-year-old Obama campaigner months after she emailed him lambasting the first sexting scandal which ended his career in Congress, it was claimed today.
The latest revelation in the Weiner scandal – which is believed to have happened a year after he resigned from office – came from Nik Ritchie, founder of thedirty.com.
The website was first to publish details of explicit conversations in 2012 between the NY mayoral candidate and political activist Sydney Leathers.
Ritchie told CNN on Wednesday that the woman told him she emailed Weiner in 2011 via Facebook, criticizing him for sending extramarital sex messages and lewd pictures to several women.
However it wasn’t until 2012, according to Ritchie, that Weiner found the email from the 23-year-old blogger. Ritchie added: ‘He poked her on Facebook and she poked back.’
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Moving past it: Sydney Leathers (right) is believed to be the woman who sexted with Anthony Weiner (pictured today on the campaign trail in New York City)
It was also revealed on Wednesday that Leathers had got herself an agent and hopes to make $100,000 by selling her story.
A woman, who worked with Leathers at a tanning salon but would not identify herself to CNN, said the 23-year-old was hoping to make thousands of dollars by dishing the dirt on Weiner’s antics.
It is believed that Leathers has left her home in Indiana in the wake of the scandal which erupted
just hours after she released copies of explicit conversations with the disgraced ex-Congressman and pictures of his genitals that she claims he sent her.
A friend of Leathers told MailOnline today that ‘it doesn’t surprise me one bit that that she did this’.
The 23-year-old man, who attended elementary, middle and high school with Leathers, said: A couple months ago she posted something weird on Facebook saying: “I could ruin someone’s life right now” acting like there was something big going on.
‘Personally I always thought she was pretty self-centred. On Facebook she always posts stuff complimenting herself all the time – like how pretty she looks in pictures.
He added: ‘I can’t believe she was actually posting some of this stuff. I mean she’s a smart girl, she has always been into politics and the news and stuff.
Weiner was back out on the campaign trail in the race for New York City mayor on Tuesday, boasting that ‘people who know me are still going to vote for me’.
Weiner, who was previously leading the race to become New York City’s next mayor, is now being called on by his competitors to drop out and was the subject of scathing newspaper editorials.
Billionaire Republican candidate John Catsimatidis and Democrats Sal Albanese and Bill de Blasio have all made statements urging him to resign, with de Blasio saying: ‘Enough is enough’.
The New York Times cited his ‘marital troubles and personal compulsions’ as reason for the 48-year-old Democrat to leave the race while The Wall Street Journal claimed he should be forced out ‘simply because of what he’s forced his wife to endure’.
The latest woman to publicly reveal her sex messages with Weiner was identified byBuzzfeed as Sydney Leathers on Tuesday night.
Her name became public just hours after she released copies of explicit conversations with the disgraced ex-Congressman and pictures of his genitals that she claims he sent her.
Sydney Elaine Leathers is a 23-year-old blogger for the Indiana Progressive Liberals and was a field organizer for Obama’s re-election campaign. She once named Weiner as a political hero online.
Weiner and wife Huma Abedin made a joint appearance on Tuesday saying that the latest revelations of extra-marital sexual exchanges will not cause him to drop out of the race for New York City Mayor.
‘Sending these embarrassing messages to women online, whom I never met, was a personal failing that was hurtful to my wife and a part of my life that Huma and I have put behind us,’ he wrote in the email.
‘These things I did, as you have read in the papers, didn’t happen once. It was a terrible mistake that I unfortunately returned to during a rough time in our marriage.’
A ‘POLITICAL NEWS JUNKIE’ AND ‘ANIMAL LOVER EXTRAORDINAIRE’: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SYDNEY
Sydney Elaine Leathers, 23, is a progressive liberal blogger from Illinois who worked as a field organizer for Obama’s presidential campaign. According to her Twitter account, she also volunteered for Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 senatorial campaign.
It appears she is an admirer of Anthony Weiner, as he’s listed third on a list of ‘heroes’ that she posted on her website, after President Obama in first place and Bill Maher in second.
Her other heroes include Bernie Sanders, Julian Assange, Keith Olbermann, Alan Grayson, Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart and Charlie Sheen.
On her ‘about me’ section on an old personal website, she features Weiner alongside quotations from Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.
In June 2011, she posted on her Facebook page that Weiner’s political record meant he could ‘continue sending d*** pics every single day for the rest of his life.’ Two months earlier, she posted a video of Weiner with the caption ‘Hero.’
Under her interests, Leathers lists ‘Politics. Gossip. Life.’ On Instagram, she calls herself a ‘Writer, Artist. Political Blogger/Political Satirist/Political News Junkie. Animal Lover Extraordinaire.’
She has more than 2,000 followers on Facebook, where she blasts conservative positions on a whole range of issues, from abortion to LGBT rights and immigration.
‘Listening to Ann Coulter try to disprove evolution is like listening to a stripper prove she had a loving relationship with her father,’ she posted in August 2011.
When Michele Bachmann announced she wouldn’t be running for re-election in 2014, Leathers posted: ‘Who will we make fun of now?! Oh yeah, the rest of the right wing nut-jobs in Congress.’
She graduated from Mt Carmel High School in Mt. Carmel, Illinois in 2008.
Following the scandal, Weiner later carried on with his mayoral campaign, making a stop at a Gay Men’s Health Crisis Mayoral Forum on HIV/AIDS in the city. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is now leading the race; she has not released a statement regarding the latest Weiner revelations.
Newspapers and his fellow candidates were not the only ones to weigh in on the unfolding spectacle yesterday, as billionaire-turned-political pundit Donald Trump aired his thoughts on Greta van Susteren’s Fox News show.
‘I’ve known him for a long time, and he’s a very sick puppy. There’s no question about it. He’s got a perversion,’ Trump said of Weiner.
‘His wife was impressive today. She came out in favor. But what happened, as you know, is that he was texting long after they caught him. You know, he was supposed to stop, and he said he was going to stop… But he’s texting, and in the worst way, with photographs of horrible things.’
Congressman Charles Rangel, who has been the Democratic representative for Harlem for over 40 years, followed in Trump’s path in praising Abedin.
‘Nobody that I know understands at all what Anthony Weiner was thinking about. And right now, I think you would agree that we all are concerned about his wife. She’s a brave lady,’ Congressman Rangel told MSNBC on Wednesday.
‘I have seen a lot of things like this in politics where males have to lean on their wives for support, but I don’t ever recall seeing a wife looking and feeling so sad and embarrassed, because Huma is a very private person, a very delicate, sophisticated person. And all the years that I’ve known her, putting her into this political situation, as bright and as intelligent as she is, is very awkward.’
Buzzfeed identified the 23-year-old, who now lives in Indiana, on Tuesday as the woman who allegedly exchanged dirty messages with Weiner – who adopted the alias ‘Carlos Danger’ online.
Leathers, who also goes by ‘sidneyelainexo’ online. The website thedirty.com first revealed Weiner’s latest texting relationship, reporting that the former congressman talked to a woman on social networking site Formspring.
A link to that account shows that it has been suspended.
The 23-year-old has strong political opinions which she broadcasts widely across social media including her Facebook page.
Standing united: Anthony Weiner had his wife Huma Abedin at his side when he addressed the new revelations of another sexually inappropriate relationship that took place a year after he resigned
Rare: Abedin, a long time aide to Hillary Clinton, hardly ever makes public appearances and this was her first time speaking at a press conference
Among these include the statement that Weiner ‘did not do anything worthy of resignation’ and ‘Rep Weiner can continue sending d*** pics every single day for the rest of his life as long as he continues to legislate like he does. I decided.’
On a list of her political heroes posted on her blog, Miss Leathers ranks Anthony Weiner at number three behind President Obama and Bill Maher.
However he does feature ahead of Bernie Sanders, Julian Assange, Keith Olbermann, Alan Grayson, Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart and Charlie Sheen on the 23-year-old’s list of heroes.
On Tuesday, Huma joined her husband to make a rare public statement standing by her man just hours after the latest embarrassment came to light.
‘It took a lot of work and whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony,’ a tearful and clearly nervous Huma said.
‘It was not an easy choice in any way but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage.’
The press conference took place at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an health and advocacy organization that started as an AIDS hotline in 1982.
Weiner did not deny claims that he had a six-month virtual relationship with a woman which began in July 2012, more than a year after he resigned from office amid his first Twitter sexting scandal.
Adding insult to his wife’s injury, Weiner appeared in a full family photo-shoot in People published on July 18, 2012.
Fan: Leathers, a 22-year-old member of the Indiana Progressive Liberals and avid blogger, named Weiner as one of her ‘political heroes’
Political connection: Sydney worked as a field organizer for Obama’s re-election campaign and is a passionate progressive liberal
Just one week earlier is when Weiner allegedly began his latest tawdry online sex affair.
‘I’m very happy in my present life,’ Weiner told People in the July 18 profile.
Hours after the deeply embarrassing revelations were published on Tuesday, Weiner owned up to parts of the claims even though he has spent months campaigning for mayor of New York City by saying that he has reformed, asking for a chance at redemption.
A screenshot of her lengthy conversations with that user showed more than 35 exchanges that were extremely sexual in nature, and there are only a handful that are appropriate for publication on a widely-read news site.
Many of the messages are descriptions of his sexual fantasies, such as: ‘So I walk in to a hotel room and you are at the end of the bed. naked except for some amazing f*** me shoes. your legs are ******. your feet are flat on the ground you are leaning slightly forward. looking completely in charge.’
‘I like to whisper in your ear while I make love to you. That ok?’ he wrote.
‘Taking a shower. Wanna join me?’
‘Staring at pics of u. Pathetic?’
‘If I met you in a bar and tried to talk to you, would I have a chance?’
‘You are a walking fantasy.’
TIMELINE OF THE TEXTS
May 27, 2011: Anthony Weiner accidentally sent a picture of his genitals to all of his Twitter followers, when he meant to send it to a young woman via direct message
June 16, 2011: Weiner resigned from Congress after initially denying the sexts
July 12, 2012: Made first contact with unidentified woman who released their conversations and pictures today
August 2012: He had suggested that he secure a condo in Chicago for them to meet in person
November 2012: Their relationship fizzled
April 10, 2013: The New York Times publishes an article profiling the ‘Post Scandal Playbook’
Days later in April 2013: He reactivated his Facebook and asked the woman what she thought about The Times article
May 22, 2013: Announces he is running for mayor of New York City
At one point that man writes ‘I am deeply flawed’.
What is so damaging to Weiner is that these new sex chats took place on a social networking site called Formspring between July and November 2012, more than a year after he resigned from Congress.
That was a time when he was supposed to be working on his marriage to Ms Abedin, who has worked for years as Hillary Clinton’s top aide.
‘I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,’ he said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
‘While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong.
‘This behavior is behind me. I’ve apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness.
Weiner and the woman allegedly first made contact on July 12, 2012, and carried on for month.
She claims that he mentioned the prospect of securing a condo in Chicago or New York so that they could be closer.
The steamy conversations and explicit picture exchanges began to peter out in November, and they spoke only once in December.
The woman told The Dirty that the last time she spoke to him was when he reactivated his Facebook account to ask her what she thought of a lengthy New York Times profile published in April of this year that detailed his relationship with Abedin and his prospects of launching a campaign to become New York City’s next mayor.
Photos: The Dirty released two pictures that the unidentified woman claimed Weiner sent her of his genitals
Sharing secret lives: The woman said that her intense chats with Weiner took place between July and November 2012 but that was not the last time she heard from him
She shared screenshots of their conversations with gossip site, The Dirty, which published lengthy exchanges between the two where they talked about their sexual fantasies.
In the exchanges, a man, believed to be Weiner, talked to the woman under the name Carlos Danger or Dangr33.
The woman said that the bulk of their relationship took place between July 2012 and that November of that year, but that was not the end.
The last time she heard from him was after he and his wife Huma were featured in a lengthy New York Times profile about his effort to rehabilitate his public image.
This exclusive release of explicit photos and conversations by The Dirty comes two weeks after they lost a $300,000 libel judgment to a former Bengals cheerleader.
The publisher of The Dirty is Nik Ritchie, who writes that the unidentified woman has hired a lawyer ‘in fear of Anthony Weiner but she is willing to expose his sexual nature to TheDirty.com for the betterment of America’.
Explicit: She said that while she was an adult and 22-years-old when the exchanges happened, she was irresponsible and should have known better
Other women: At the time of his resignation, Meagan Broussard (left), Gennette Cordova (center) and Lisa Weiss (right) all released proof of virtual relationships with Weiner
‘My source is solid. She really thought Anthony Weiner and her were in love, they spoke on the phone daily multiple times a day for 6 months.
‘Anthony Weiner played with her emotions and mind. Most calls were phone sex,’ Ritchie wrote.
While remaining anonymous, the woman released a statement to The Dirty justifying her release of the conversations.
‘Although I was 22 and technically an adult, I was obviously immature and I acted irresponsibly. I realize my correspondence with Mr Anthony Weiner was a huge mistake and I am embarrassed by it.
‘But the facts are the facts, and he’s running for mayor of NYC so I felt I should get my story out there,’ she wrote.
Mr Ritchie writes that the woman claims Weiner has ‘a shoe fetish, particularly heels’.
There is another conversation posted on The Dirty– that the woman claims is with the same man- where he ditches the Carlos Danger username and logs on as Anthony Weiner.
In that conversation, the person claiming to be Weiner asks the woman to ‘do me a solid’ and ‘hard delete all our chats here’ in exchange for him putting her in touch with a friend at Politico who was looking to fill a panel of bloggers.
The woman told The Dirty that he allegedly promised her a condo in Chicago where they could meet for a tryst in real life instead of their virtual sessions.
Even before Weiner admitted that at least portions of the revelations were true, there were earlier hints that suggest this can be added to his list of online relationships.
The blank avatar associated with the user who identified as Anthony Weiner is the same one that was used by the disgraced Congressman when he interacted with one of his confirmed cohorts in 2011, blackjack dealer Lisa Weiss.
In Carlos Dangers’ conversations posted on The Dirty, the man mentions that he has two cats. Mr Weiner both mentioned and pictured his two cats in his earlier online interactions, though there is no way of verifying that they are the same cats in question.
There is also Mr Weiner’s earlier warnings that the explicit relationships that the public knew about when he resigned were not the only ones he engaged in, saying that there were likely more to come.
‘Basically, New Yorkers know the story. I did it. I did it with multiple people,’ he told NBC when he was gearing up for his mayoral campaign in April.
He did not go into the specific timeline of his relationship with the unidentified woman, though it was pointed out that if the woman’s claims are correct, he posed for a family portrait alongside his wife Huma and their son Jordan just days after starting up a virtual relationship with the woman.
‘When we faced this publicly two years ago it was the beginning of a time in our marriage that was very difficult and it took us a very long time to get through it,’ Ms Abedin said at today’s press conference.
‘Anthony’s made some horrible mistakes both before he resigned from congress and after but I do very strongly believe that that is between us.
‘I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him.’
For his part, Weiner said that his wife was aware that he was still making contact with women he had never met even after he resigned, and he said that his June 2011 departure from Congress was not the end to his inappropriate behavior.
‘She knew all along this process as I was more and more honest with her, I told her everything so this is something we knew going into this season of (campaigning).
‘I’m pleased and blessed that she has given me a second chance. For the past several months I have asked New Yorkers to give me a second chance.
‘Its in our rear view mirror but it’s not far and we continue to work on our marriage. Frankly we’re in a lot better place today or else I would not have run for mayor.’
A number of his fellow mayoral candidates leaped at the chance to call for Weiner to drop out of the race, but the 48-year-old said that was not an option.
‘I’m sure many of my opponents would like me to drop out of the race,’ he said at the press conference, which was held just minutes before a mayoral debate.
‘To some degree this is something we had in front of us,’ he said, referring to the fact that he was well aware that there were other women who could expose his relationships.
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