Planet13 - 7:32 pm on Jul 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
I don't think the original poster was hacked.
I think that what happened is:
1) spammers TRIED (but failed) to post a bunch of links in the COMMENTS section of one of his LEGITIMATE word press posts
2) Even though their spam comments did NOT get published on his blog, those same spammers started linking to that LEGITIMATE page on his blog, just in case the spam comments did get posted.
so now he has 33,000 low quality links pointing to a LEGITIMATE page on his site where spammers thought they could drop links.
If this were the case, I would do a disavow AND I would do a reconsideration request - even if there is no manual penalty.
I would spell out quite clearly what is happening to your site.
google says they LOOK at every reconsideration request. this should at the least help them figure out how to improve their penquin algo so that innocent webmasters such as yourself don't get nailed.