NEW DELHI - The furious wife of the Indian government's top-tweeting minister admitted Thursday she had hacked his account to send out messages exposing an alleged affair he was having with a Pakistani journalist.
The scandal was splashed on the front pages of several newspapers after a curious serious of messages appeared on the Twitter account of the suave thrice-married human resources minister Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday evening.
They showed private exchanges apparently between 57-year-old Tharoor and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, 45, in which she professed her love for him and he explained that his wife had discovered his adultery.
Sunanda Tharoor, a formerly Dubai-based entrepreneur whom the minister married in 2010, confessed to sending the messages and also dragged up a corruption scandal that nearly wrecked her husband's career.
"That woman pursued and pursued him... men are stupid anyway... for all you know she is a Pakistani agent. Where's love, where's loyalty in this world?... I am so distraught," she told the Indian Express.
Tharoor (@shashitharoor) posted a message late Thursday to his two million followers claiming his account had been "hacked" while Tarar (@mehrtarar) denied having an affair with him in a series of messages.
"Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets," Sunanda told the Economic Times, while also referring to a cricket scandal in 2010 shortly after her husband entered politics.