Egyptian Activist Says Anti-Semitic Tweets Were Written by A Hacker

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March 7 2013 3:30 PM

The Strangest Case of Hacking in Twitter History

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A man wearing a kippa visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, which commemorates the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II, in Jerusalem on the international Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2013.

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Jeffrey Goldberg writes about Samira Ibrahim, an Egyptian women's right activists who (as The Weekly Standard noticed first) keeps tweeting angry things about Jews. Stuff like "I have discovered with the passage of days, that no act contrary to morality, no crime against society, takes place, except with the Jews having a hand in it. Hitler." Which isn't much of a tweet!

This is where she loses me:

[Samuel] Tadros, in the Weekly Standard, wrote on Wednesday, the day after the Holocaust Museum told the State Department about Ibrahim's tweets, that, "Just today, apparently after having been warned that her vicious tweets might cause her trouble during her visit to the U.S., she has written on twitter: 'My account has been previously stolen and any tweet on racism and hatred is not me.'" Tadros went on to write, "However, in the past she never made any mention of her account being 'stolen.'"
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Isn't this obvious? Ibrahim has been targeted by the same hacker who so cruelly hijacked Anthony Weiner's Twitter account and posted a picture of Weiner's underwear-clad erection. Why can't anybody catch this monster? Why, he won't even allow his victims delete their tweets after the fact, when the hacking has been revealed!

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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