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Gennette Nicole Cordova writes: "I am a 21-year-old college student from Seattle. I have never met Congressman Weiner, though I am a fan. I go to school in Bellingham, where I spend all of my time; I've never been to New York or to DC. There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me."

Congressman Anthony Weiner speaks at the 24th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 01/18/10. (photo: Getty Images)
Congressman Anthony Weiner speaks at the 24th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (photo: Getty Images)




I Have Never Met Congressman Weiner

By Gennette Nicole Cordova, Guardian UK

03 June 11

 

Gennette Nicole Cordova is the student who was sent the tweet from Congressman Anthony Weiner's account. The following is her statement on the matter. -- SMG/RSN

 

The photo supposedly sent from Weiner's Twitter account was a form of harassment, but that's as nothing to what has followed.

My statement on Anthony Weiner and the lewd photo tweet.

riday evening, I logged on to Twitter to find that I had about a dozen new mentions in less than an hour, which is a rare occurrence. When I checked one of the posts that I had been tagged in I saw that it was a picture that had supposedly been tweeted to me by Congressman Anthony Weiner.

The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the congressman followed me on Twitter, a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before, I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the congressman and harassing his supporters.

Annoyed, I responded with something along the lines of "are you f***ing kidding me?" and "I've never seen this. You people are sick." I blocked their accounts, made my page private, and let the matter drop, expecting them to eventually do the same.

Within about an hour, however, I realised that I had grossly underestimated the severity of the situation that I had somehow become a part of.

The last 36 hours have been the most confusing, anxiety-ridden hours of my life. I've watched in sheer disbelief as my name, age, location, links to any social networking site I've ever used, my old phone numbers and pictures have been passed along from stranger to stranger.

My friends have received phone calls from people claiming to be old friends of mine, attempting to obtain my contact information. My siblings have received tweets that are similar in nature. I began taking steps, though not quickly enough, to remove as much personal information from the internet as possible.

Not because I "was exposed as Weiner's mistress" or because I "was responsible for the hack," as Gawker has suggested. I removed my information because I, believe it or not, do not enjoy being harassed or being the reason that my loved ones are targets of harassment.

I have seen myself labeled as the "Femme Fatale of Weinergate," "Anthony Weiner's 21-year-old coed mistress" and "the self-proclaimed girlfriend of Anthony Weiner." All of this is so outlandish that I don't know whether to be pissed off or amused, quite frankly. This is the reality of sharing information online in the 21st century. Things that I never imagined people would care about are now being plastered all over blog sites, including pictures of me from when I was 17 and tweets that have been taken completely out of context. I tweeted once (it was reported that I said it twice) that "I wonder what my boyfriend @RepWeiner is up to."

I am a 21-year-old college student from Seattle. I have never met Congressman Weiner, though I am a fan. I go to school in Bellingham, where I spend all of my time; I've never been to New York or to DC. The point I am trying to make is that, contrary to the impression that I apparently gave from my tweet, I am not his girlfriend. Nor am I the wife, girlfriend or mistress of Barack Obama, Ray Allen or Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that I have made similar assertions about them via Twitter.

There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me. I cannot answer the questions that I do not have the answers to. I am not sure whether or not this letter will alleviate any future harassment. I also do not have a clear understanding as to how or why exactly I am involved in this fiasco.

I do know that my life has been seriously impacted by speculation and faulty allegations. My reputation has been called into question by those who lack the character to report the facts.


This article was originally published by the New York Daily News, and is crossposted by kind permission of the author.

 

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+23 # DesignCreature 2011-06-03 08:42
Save your breath, girl, no one is interested in the truth...no fun in THAT!
 
 
0 # skeptic 2011-06-07 05:38
so now that Weiner admitted sending the tweets, are you all going to retract your opinions? Arent you interested in the truth?
 
 
+28 # Capn Canard 2011-06-03 09:51
This is just more of the Shock and Awe which is the ONLY thing that Republicans excel at! They fail at all else. Everything they try to do they will fail at and when they fail they blame those most effected by their actions. It is the modus operandi. Expect more to follow... much more.
 
 
+40 # mtnview 2011-06-03 10:17
Young people and those who participate in social network sites need to understand their own roles in the violation of personal privacy. However, this time Breitbart has definitely defamed thru illegal actions. He and his cohorts should be held legally accountable in a court of law, and sued for damages. Like many republicans, neocon leaders, and t-people, they believe that somehow they can lie, harrass, or act with impunity. We must prove them wrong.
 
 
+4 # giraffee2012 2011-06-03 20:45
mtnview: AGREE -- and rest of us: VOTE in 2012 -- get these R/TP OUT. Take granny to the polls too
 
 
+12 # Realist 2011-06-03 12:26
Some one recently said that if George Bush had had access to something like "Facebook", he would not have needed to use illegal wire tapping. As others have said, if you go on Facebook, you are opening your life and identity to the world. That is why I urge people to abhor Facebook" and other social networks.
 
 
+1 # giraffee2012 2011-06-03 20:44
Realist --- I also urge people to stay away. Remember "your boss" has access to you on Facebook -- and others
 
 
-1 # dbrown 2011-06-03 14:06
Realist, it's not quite as bad as that. There's no reason to abhor Facebook or any other social networking site.

There is, however, plenty of reason to think about what you post on such sites. You can also go back and delete posts, if you have any second thoughts about them.

All you need is to use a little common sense and remember that anything you put on the Internet or in unencrypted e-mail will be accessible to anyone with a little technical expertise.
 
 
+20 # moby doug 2011-06-03 14:21
Somebody needs to sue lying, slandering, Andrew Breitbart's pants off.
 
 
+6 # giraffee2012 2011-06-03 20:42
FAUX is going full steam on this one --- Cantor had the nerve to "show disgust" at a "picture" (of maybe Weiner's undies)-- when there have been so many Regugs who have done more than keep a "picture" on their face-book.

Jon Stewart gave a good case about how silly this whole thing is -- albeit no R would understand the sarcasm.

Personally - I think Weiner is up there with Bernie Sanders and other Dems who fight "for the people" and not BIG BANKS/OIL/GE (etc) --- thanks to the Stuprmes who gave corporations first amendment rights in 2010 (totally UNCONSTITUTIONA L) - OR I'd marry one and then divorce one to get 1/2 the assets.

Go Anthony.

VOTE in 2012 -- get the Cantor-type and Ryan-(liar)-typ e OUT of Congress. And dont forget to take grandma to the polls (or mail-in) to VOTE too.

VOTE DEM! (my opinion)
 
 
0 # twells 2011-06-04 14:02
Yes, Genette, we know all that but... can we see your birth certificate?
 
 
+3 # twells 2011-06-04 14:04
Yes, Gennette, they know all that but... you will have to show them your birth certificate.
 

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