By Matthew Chayes Newsday
NEW YORK — Anthony Weiner personally acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he used the pseudonym “Carlos Danger” in his sexting misadventures, but he didn’t care to fully explain why he chose that alias.
Weiner, who had avoided directly confirming his alter ego until Thursday, was asked during an appearance on the Spanish-language network Univision: “You picked the pseudonym ‘Carlos Danger.’ … Why did you pick a Hispanic name and how dangerous were you really?”
He responded: “It was a joke in my personal life between me and one person.” Beyond that, Weiner did not explain why.
The name was revealed last week when a gossip web site, thedirty.com, posted his online sex conversations and photo exchanges with Sydney Leathers, 23, who has gone on in media interviews to share graphic recollections of their cyberaffair.
“I’m not going to comment on anything about the information that that person has chosen to release,” Weiner said. “They can do whatever they want. They can try to harm me in any way that they want. I’m moving forward, talking about the people of the city of New York.”
Weiner’s popularity has plummeted since the disclosure of his relapse last year into cybertexting.
Weiner also took a swipe at Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., when asked about King’s recent ridicule of him. He said he’d be “a little ashamed” if King was on his side, and accused King of being “probably the most important person standing between New York and immigration reform.”
Reached by phone, King disputed Weiner’s accusations, saying progress was being made on immigration reform, and added: “Me being criticized by Anthony Weiner is a great compliment.”
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