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FBI Director Outed Anthony Weiner Sexting Victim in Ethical Breach

He Put Politics Above Victims’ Rights, She Says

FBI Director James Comey's agency has been criticized by Anthony Weiner's minor sexting victim for using her for political gain  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

FBI Director James Comey’s agency has been criticized by Anthony Weiner’s minor sexting victim for using her for political gain (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

FBI Director James Comey, in another potentially serious ethical breach, exposed Anthony Weiner’s 15-year-old sexting victim when he wrote a letter to Republican Congressional leaders linking the case, without evidence, to Hillary Clinton’s email investigation.

Comey wrote the letter just 11 days before the presidential election violating U.S Justice Department rules and traditional protocol.

He was sharply criticized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and former Justice Department officials for injecting the FBI into the election and influencing voters. He’s currently the subject of complaint for allegedly violating the Hatch Act.

But another casualty of his actions is Weiner’s victim, who is now 16 years old. In an impassioned letter to Comey, published by BuzzFeed News, she told added him “to the list of people who have victimized me.”

“I told my story originally to protect other young girls that might be a victim of online predators. Your letter to Congress has now brought this whole matter back into the media spotlight,” she wrote.

The victim, whose name was not released, charged that Comey, or a rogue FBI agent, leaked her name to a reporter.

“Not even 10 minutes after being forensically interviewed with the FBI for seven hours, I received a phone call from a REPORTER asking for a statement,” she said.

Comey or rogue FBI agents have been responsible for a number of leaks late in the campaign damaging to Clinton. The most egregious was misinformation about a supposed investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

The story was false. It was leaked to pro-Donald Trump Fox News reporter who was forced to apologize later. But that didn’t stop Trump from mentioning it repeatedly on the campaign trail, without walking back on his remarks.

The Weiner victim told the online news service she was upset because Comey didn’t have the decency to warn her beforehand he was politicizing the case in a way that would draw maximum media attention.

“In your letter, she wrote, “you chose to use a vague approach, meaning the media had to keep searching to try and find out what evidence you had uncovered and how.

“Every media outlet from local to national has contacted me and my family to get my ‘story.’ Why couldn’t your letter have waited until after the election, so I would not have to be the center of attention the last week of the election cycle?” she added.

“You have assisted [Weiner] in further victimizing me on every news outlet. I can only assume that you saw an opportunity for political propaganda,” she wrote.

In one of the most poignant passages she wrote:

“I thought your job as FBI Director was to protect me. I thought if I cooperated with your investigation, my identity as a minor would be kept secret. That is no longer the case. My family and I are barraged by reporters’ phone calls and emails. I have been even been blamed in a newspaper for causing Donald Trump to now be leading in some polls and costing Hillary the election.”

“Anthony Weiner is the abuser. Your letter helped that abuse to continue,” she said.

The victim slammed Comey for the obvious political nature of his actions. By writing the letter, she said she hoped she could draw public attention to his actions.

“I hope that by making my letter to you public, you will think about how your actions affect the victims of the crimes you are investigating. The election is important, yes, but what happened to me and how it makes me feel and how others see me, is much more important.

Comey may have done more than embarrassed and disappointed a crime victim. He or a rogue FBI agent also may have broken the law.

Under federal law (18 U.S. Code § 3509), law enforcement agencies, courts and lawyers are required to protect the identity of child victims and child witnesses.

The FBI director has raised serious questions about the agency’s “Violent Crimes Against Children” program which is supposed to protect minors from online predators.

“It’s time that the FBI Director puts his victims’ rights above political views,” the teenager wrote.

Check out the complete text of her letter below.

Mr. James Comey
FBI Director
November 2, 2016

I am the 15-year-old (now 16) who was the victim of Anthony Weiner. I now add you to the list of people who have victimized me. I told my story originally to protect other young girls that might be a victim of online predators.

Your letter to Congress has now brought this whole matter back into the media spotlight. Not even 10 minutes after being forensically interviewed with the FBI for seven hours, I received a phone call from a REPORTER asking for a statement. Why didn’t you communicate with the local FBI agents that I had just spoken to? They could have scheduled our interview sooner or scheduled a time to interview me later, or change locations of the interview. My neighborhood has been canvassed by reporters asking for details about me.

In your letter, you chose to use a vague approach, meaning the media had to keep searching to try and find out what evidence you had uncovered and how. Every media outlet from local to national has contacted me and my family to get my “story.” Why couldn’t your letter have waited until after the election, so I would not have to be the center of attention the last week of the election cycle?

In his “cooperation” with you and with his love of the spotlight, Anthony Weiner has given information that led to the media finding me. You have assisted him in further victimizing me on every news outlet. I can only assume that you saw an opportunity for political propaganda.

I thought your job as FBI Director was to protect me. I thought if I cooperated with your investigation, my identity as a minor would be kept secret. That is no longer the case. My family and I are barraged by reporters’ phone calls and emails. I have been even been blamed in a newspaper for causing Donald Trump to now be leading in some polls and costing Hillary the election.

Anthony Weiner is the abuser. Your letter helped that abuse to continue. How can I rebuild my life when you have made finding out my “story” the goal of every reporter? When I meet with my therapist next time, she will already know what we are going to talk about before I get there by reading Friday, October 28th, 2016’s New York Times article.

I may have been Weiner’s victim, but the real story here is that I am a survivor. I am strong, intelligent, and certain that I will come out from under this nightmare, but it will not be as a result of your doing your job to protect me. I hope that by making my letter to you public, you will think about how your actions affect the victims of the crimes you are investigating. The election is important, yes, but what happened to me and how it makes me feel and how others see me, is much more important. It’s time that the FBI Director puts his victims’ rights above political views.

— Girl that lost her faith in America

P.S. To all reporters: AP, FOX, CBS, NBC, and all other media outlets, please respect my position and stop interrupting my life!





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