The "Carlos Danger" Affair Began With an Angry Facebook Message

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July 24 2013 11:17 AM

The "Carlos Danger" Affair Began With an Angry Facebook Message

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Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, holds a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City

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For those of you who don't want to be seen reading The Dirty, the gossip blog that broke Anthony Weiner's latest sexting shame, the New York Times has you covered this morning with an interview with Dirty editor Nik Richie, who shares some juicy details of the "Carlos Danger" saga. Perhaps the most interesting one is this nugget about how the online relationship began with an angry Facebook message:

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

Not long after Mr. Weiner resigned from Congress, the 22-year-old woman reached out to express her disappointment in him. Mr. Weiner responded and, within a week, their exchanges veered from politics to sex, with the pair trading dozens of explicit photographs, said Nik Richie, the editor of The Dirty, the blog that first documented the exchanges.
That account suggests that Mr. Weiner’s interactions with the woman, a partisan Democrat from Indiana who thought of him as a hero, fit his longstanding pattern. In rapid and reckless fashion, he sought to transform informal conversations with female fans into graphically sexually exchanges, frequently laced with lewd language and bawdy images, the women have said in interviews.
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Of course, it's been impossible to independently confirm the Dirty details given the site's source (since identified in online profiles as Sydney Elaine Leathers) has declined to speak publicly, and Weiner is refusing to speak about the specifics of his online antics. More info over at the Times, or head on over to The Dirty for more (although be warned there's currently a blurred out image on the homepage that the site claims is of Weiner's junk).

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