Former Rep. Anthony Weiner once blamed al-Qaeda for the sexting scandal that led to his downfall as a congressman.
“This was a prank intended to derail me or distract me, whatever it is. It is not a federal case. Now maybe it will turn out, forgive me, maybe it will turn out that this is the point of al-Qaeda’s sword. And that this is effort, this is where it is going to begin,” the former Congressman said to a group of reporters while still denying a picture of an erection in boxer shorts belonged to him.
Weiner would later find himself ridiculed by al-Qaeda in their next issue of Inspire Magazine after his resignation. A full page in the July 2011 issue read “an angry Weiner head” with a picture of the former congressman.
Inspire was then still being produced by former Queens resident Samir Khan, before he was killed in a drone strike in October 2011.
3. From the July 2011 issue of Inspire:
- A Memphis police officer was shot dead on Saturday night while conducting a routine traffic stop, according to a statement from the Memphis Police Department.
- A conservation group in Zimbabwe reported that Jericho, the brother of beloved lion Cecil, was shot and killed by a hunter. But some scientists monitoring the pride believe he is OK.
- Joe Biden has begun to "actively explore a possible presidential campaign," the New York Times reports.