BuzzFeed has identified Anthony Weiner's newly revealed sexting partner as Sydney Elaine Leathers, a progressive activist in her early 20s who lives in Indiana. Pictures on her Facebook and Formspring accounts look pretty close to the blurred images offered up on The Dirty when it broke the sexting story, and she's talked about Weiner quite a bit online (often on accounts that are now deleted). For example, in a June 2011 Facebook post, she declared: "Rep. Weiner can continue sending dick pics every single day for the rest of his life as long as he continues to legislate like he does. I decided." Her TwitPic account identifies her as an Obama for America field organizer.
She also listed Weiner as one of her heroes, wrote at least one blog post about his resignation, and said on Facebook that he shouldn't have resigned. An anonymous source confirms BuzzFeed got the ID right and says he or she saw the messages exchanged a year ago, but a BuzzFeed reporter asked Weiner last night if he knew Leathers and—shocker—got no response. The source, who says he or she has known Leathers since high school, says she "felt she was the important one" to Weiner, even more important than wife Huma Abedin. As for Abedin, Daily Intel notes that she came to a "prescient conclusion" in September's Harper's Bazaar: "People have said many things about my husband—some nice, some not so nice. And that will surely continue. Launching this campaign was not an easy decision for our family to make. Putting yourself out there comes with a cost." (Meanwhile, "cubicle guy" has become a viral sensation after Weiner's press conference last night.)