The 16-year-old girl at the centre of the sexting scandal of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner has published an open letter to FBI Director James Comey. In it, she says, his recent actions have "victimised" her anew.
"I told my story originally to protect other young girls that might be a victim of online predators," she wrote to Comey in a letter published by BuzzFeed Wednesday (2 November).
Weiner stands accused of sending indecent messages to the girl. One lurid message said "I would bust that tight p***y so hard." Weiner is 52.
During the FBI's investigation of his estranged wife Huma Abedin's computer, the authorities found emails linked to another investigation: Hillary Clinton's use of a private server while Secretary of State.
Abedin is vice chairwoman of Clinton's 2016 election campaign and a long-time aide. Investigators were unsure what the emails contained, or whether they revealed new information in the Clinton investigation, which was closed in July.
But in a letter sent to government officials on Friday (28 October) Comey raised new questions about Clinton's handling of sensitive information while Secretary of State.
"Your letter to Congress has now brought this whole matter back into the media spotlight," the girl wrote. "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 reporters are now crawling her neighbourhood asking for details about her.
"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?" the teen pleads. The girl's father says that the FBI didn't do enough to protect her or give any warning that Comey would thrust the case into the public eye.
She charges that Weiner has passed information to the press that allowed reporters to track her down. "You have assisted him in further victimising me on every news outlet," she said.
In July Comey closed the investigation into Clinton's email practices without pressing charges or finding any wrongdoing.
"I can only assume that you saw an opportunity for political propaganda," the girl writes. "I thought if I cooperated with your investigation, my identity as a minor would be kept secret."