Swiss Parliament Discovers Its Own Dangers of Sexting

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Apparently, there are folks in the Swiss Parliament who've never heard of Carlos Danger.

That was the alias of former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, who resigned after sending lewd photos of himself to women. Now similar situations are playing out in Bern.

First, a female secretary in the Swiss Parliament building took naked selfies in her office. The woman, who was working for the Swiss lower and upper houses in a "sensitive" area, used the Twitter name Adeline Lafouine and posted photos to a following of more than 11,000 people, according to many Swiss newspapers. She was dismissed from her job, they said.

She closed down her Twitter account, then it was reinstated with many of the photos online, with tweets boasting about her images.

In an unrelated case, Green Party legislator Geri Mueller -- well-known for supporting Palestine in the Gaza conflict -- had to apologize for sexy photos taken during his working hours as the mayor of Baden and member of parliament. He even sexted while on a working trip in Damascus.

"I was naive and stupid," Mueller was quoted as saying in Blick am Abend on Aug. 19. "I'm ashamed before the whole world." The newspaper reported that the parliamentarian had responded to messages from a 33-year-old female high-school teacher, who claimed she wanted help for a book about erotic fantasies.

Neither the secretary nor the legislator could be reached for comment.

"At least since the porno tweets of the secretary, we know that government files aren't the only things getting pored over," said Bernhard Bauhofer, founder and managing partner at reputation management company Sparring Partners GmbH in Wollerau. "The second case of Mueller makes us suspect that we've just touched the tip of the iceberg."

Other legislators responded on Twitter to the reports, with Swiss People's Party member Lukas Reimann saying that if government employees have so little to do, they shouldn't be paid anymore.

Or they need to start using Snapchat.

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