The Wolfe At Anthony Weiner's Front Door
Twitter mystery man fears pol's "Clinton connections"
JUNE 2--The prescient Twitter provocateur who, weeks ago, somehow divined that a lewd photo scandal was looming for Rep. Anthony Weiner claims he is fearful that his leading role in “Weinergate” will focus attention on a multitude of his own “major personal problems” that he is “afraid…will all come out,” The Smoking Gun has learned.
As a result, “Dan Wolfe” has distanced himself from his online coterie of fellow conservatives, none of whom appear to know the true identity of Wolfe, who uses the Twitter handle “patriotusa76” and describes himself (assuming he is male) as a “Conservative Reagan Republican” opposed to “Obamacare, socialism, sharia.”
In response to a TSG e-mail sent yesterday to his Yahoo account seeking an interview, Wolfe only wrote, “Who gave you this email address? Private.” Wolfe did not respond to several subsequent e-mails sent to him.
Wolfe’s reticence apparently has been triggered by the fallout from a May 27 tweet emanating from Weiner’s account that was sent to a 21-year-old college student in Washington State (that tweet included a link to a now-infamous underwear photo). The Weiner tweet and the accompanying photo was spotted late Friday night by Wolfe, who tipped Big Government, the conservative blog run by Andrew Breitbart.
For months, Wolfe and several Twitter sidekicks have excoriated Weiner, 46, in the harshest terms. They have criticized his looks, claimed his marriage is a sham, and accused his wife of having ties to al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. On May 5, Wolfe floated a rumor that compromising photos of a “big time” congressman were in the hands of a “top 5 Right Wing blogger.” He tweeted, “@RepWeiner are you this Congressman?” He reprised this photo rumor in a May 11 tweet.
As the Weiner story began to spread over the weekend--and detractors started accusing him of somehow hacking Weiner’s accounts--Wolfe balked when Breitbart sought to arrange a conference call to discuss how to further exploit and advance “Weinergate.” In e-mails sent from his Yahoo account, Wolfe asked, “Why does he need to speak with me for this?” and “I’m just not sure why he needs to talk to me. Why is talking necessary?”
He also noted that, “I am having major personal problems right now getting worse by the minute.”
In a subsequent May 30 e-mail, Wolfe expounded on these troubles, explaining why he wanted to avoid speaking with his Twitter cronies. “I have ALOT of personal problems I didn’t want to go into--but as I become the focus of this I am more and more afraid this will all come out.”
Wolfe then went on to state that his ex-wife was suing him for custody of their two children and “for lots of other stuff right now. Her attorneys are after everything I own.” Additionally, he reported that, “I have an ex girlfriend who has mental problems causing issues for me at work. My business is suffering as a result.”
Explaining his hesitation to speak on the telephone, Wolfe wrote that his ex-wife (working in conjunction with a former girlfriend of his) had twice secretly recorded him and that the resulting tapes had “gotten me in a lot of legal trouble.” As a result, he contended that if his ex-wife’s attorney “got a hold of a call recorded with me on it they’d have a field day with that. I want to try to avoid.”
While not addressing who would make such a recording, how it would surface, or why it would do harm to him, Wolfe concluded, “I am screwed. If all this comes out along with everything I’m dealing with here--I don’t know what to do.”
Wolfe’s reluctance to actually speak with Breitbart surfaced only hours after he had e-mailed the conservative blog titan a series of screen captures that he “took live” after the infamous tweet was directed to college student Gennette Nicole Cordova. Wolfe’s e-mail to Breitbart was sent at 4:16 AM (Eastern) and included six .jpg images. His e-mail to Breitbart concluded, “We have more.”
[For “Weinergate” completists, TSG is offering the six screen captures sent by Wolfe in his early-morning e-mail, which provided Breitbart with a brief description of each screen grab. Wolfe named the files:
After forwarding the screen captures from Weiner’s Twitter and yfrog accounts, Wolfe anxiously waited to see what Breitbart & Co. would do with the material. In e-mails, he asked about “any updates?” and sought to determine “What did Breitbart say about all of our stuff? Is he going to use any of it?”
Other Wolfe e-mails reveal that, despite a torrent of unrelenting Twitter vitriol directed at the New York congressman, he claimed to be “a little worried when it comes to Weiner.” In a May 25 e-mail, Wolfe cited the Democratic pol’s “Clinton connections--they have people everywhere.” Weiner’s wife is Huma Abedin, who has been a close aide to Hillary Clinton for more than a decade. Weiner and Abedin (pictured at right) were married last July in a ceremony presided over by former President Bill Clinton.
Wolfe concluded the May 25 correspondence by noting, “I know I sound paranoid.”
He was again thinking about the Clintons in the hours after he leaked the Weiner story to Breitbart, who sought a phone conversation. “I personally don’t fell [sic] comfortable giving him my phone number because of the Clinton ties to this,” Wolfe wrote in an e-mail. “Weiner is sneaky and I don’t need Clinton problems.” (2 pages)