Fun fact: Nik Richie, creator of TheDirty.com, the website that published the newly-surfaced online sex messages from Anthony Weiner (D), supported Mitt Romney (R) in the 2012 presidential election.
The Washington Post has a short interview with Richie on how he authenticated the Weiner messages:
Just recently, however, the woman [who Weiner messaged with] submitted more [to Richie], including screengrabs of the very conversations that have deepened the public’s understanding of Anthony Weiner. Then Richie got to work comparing those messages with previous samplings from Weiner’s online works. “Similar writing style,” says Richie. He found other clues as to authenticity as well: “There were different little things and things he said where he was an idiot about it,” says Richie, who says he doesn’t fit any political mold but voted for Mitt Romney in last year’s presidential election. “I’m the guy that wants to see the [rhymes with "Nick"] pics and naked pictures and see their reaction.”
And he’s hardly neutral on the topic of Weiner: “They look like a fake couple together for political reasons. They want to be Hillary and Bill. It’s so sickening and sad that this lady would stand by this guy, knowing that he has constantly humiliated her,” Richie says.