BY CHUCK ROSS
Despite growing skepticism that her personal Twitter account was hacked by someone who randomly “favorited” two controversial tweets, the office of Baltimore City state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby is sticking to its story.
“She said she did not favorite those, so she took the necessary measures to make sure her account is secure,” Mosby spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie told The Daily Caller on Friday.
On Wednesday, TheDC reported that Mosby seemingly favorited two May 6 tweets from her personal Twitter account. One tweet called the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case “those 6 THUG cops.” The other tweet praised Mosby’s handling of the case and asserted that she “INFURIATES a certain kind of white person.” (RELATED: Marilyn Mosby Says Her Account Was Hacked And That She Did Not Endorse Anti-Cop Tweets)
Favoriting the tweets was seen as another example of Mosby’s bias against the charged cops, her critics argued. Mosby has been slammed by some observers for injecting activist rhetoric into the case.
After TheDC’s report, Fox’s Megyn Kelly reported that Mosby claimed she did not favorite the tweets and instead that her account was hacked.
But the so-called Twittershpere wasn’t buying it.
Users of the social media platform said Mosby was lying about the hack. Many compared the excuse to one offered by Anthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman from New York who was forced to admit he lied in 2011 about someone hacking his account to send a racy photo to a 21-year-old woman.
Mosby has no solid evidence that her account was hacked, and she has been able to access her account without a hitch. She apparently assumed that a hack occurred because the tweets had been favorited and also because the Baltimore City state’s attorney Twitter account was hacked last week.
“We don’t know exactly when the account was hacked,” Ritchie told TheDC of Mosby’s personal account.
Mosby sent a tweet on May 23 from her personal account stating that the official account had been hacked. No mention was made at the time that her personal account was breached.
Adding to the mystery — the alleged hack of Mosby’s personal account was different than the one carried out against the official account. The hacker of that account was much more active, posting messages in Turkish and altering the design of the account.
Ritchie says that it was “ironic” that the two accounts were hacked at around the same time, but in explaining the delay in realizing that Mosby’s private account was hacked, she said “there was no reason for [Mosby] to go back through and check her favorites.”
“When it was brought to our attention, she said she did not favorite those,” she reiterated.
But as Fox’s Kelly and others wondered, why would a hacker infiltrate a Twitter account to only favorite two tweets that someone may or may not find weeks down the road?
Asked if it was possible that Mosby accidentally favorited the two May 6 tweets, Ritchie insisted that Mosby did not favorite them at all.
“The language that was used that was in used in those tweets … is not something she stands by and supports, and so she did what she needed to do to make sure her account is as secure as possible,” Ritchie said.
She also told TheDC what she told Fox on Wednesday — that the office has been in touch with Twitter about the breaches.
Asked if either Mosby or the state’s attorney’s office had received emails from Twitter alerting them of the hacks — which is something the company does when it detects hacks — Ritchie said that that did not occur.