The evolution of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner's statements regarding photos of him that were tweeted to a woman and others that were sent to a second woman.
Spokesman Dave Arnold tells The Associated Press in an email that the New York Democrat was a victim.
"Anthony's accounts were obviously hacked," Arnold says. "He doesn't know the person named by the hacker, and we will be consulting on what steps to take next."
Weiner later jokes about it on Twitter, asking whether his kitchen blender would be next to "attack" him.
Arnold says Weiner believes it was a prank and he's retained a lawyer to advise him on what civil or criminal actions should be taken.
At a combative news conference, Weiner refuses to talk about the photo.
"We know for sure I didn't send this photograph," the seven-term congressman tells reporters in the Capitol. He tells MSNBC he "can't say with certitude" that the waist-down photo showing a man's bulging underpants wasn't of him.
"We don't know where the photograph came from. We don't know for sure what's on it."
"I'm not sure I want to put national, federal resources into trying to figure out who posted a picture on Weiner's website, uh, whatever. I'm not really sure it rises, no pun intended, to that level."
"If it turns out there's something larger going on here, we'll take the requisite steps."
Weiner is out of the public eye, failing to march in New York's Celebrate Israel Parade, a must for New York's politicians, especially Democrats.
"This was me doing a dumb thing, and doing it repeatedly, and lying about it," says a teary Weiner at a news conference that started with the conservative blogger who first published the photos, Andrew Breitbart, claiming the congressman had attacked his credibility.
Weiner confesses that he tweeted a lewd photo of himself to a young woman and admitted "inappropriate" exchanges with six women.
He calls the underpants photo a joke and a "hugely regrettable mistake."
"I haven't told the truth and have done things I deeply regret. I brought pain to people I care about."