Colin Powell denies affair after reported Guccifer hack

Personal emails between the former Secretary of State and a Romanian diplomat had been leaked

Topics: Colin Powell, George W. Bush, Hacking, Secretary of State, State DEpartment, guccifer, Bush paintings,

Colin Powell denies affair after reported Guccifer hack Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. (Credit: Wikipedia/Charles Haynes)

The hacker who brought us George W. Bush’s shower and dog paintings has struck again, this time leaking emails between former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell and  Corina Cretu, a 45-year old Romanian diplomat.

The emails prompted a response from Powell denying that he and Cretu had an affair. “We occasionally attended the same diplomatic and international meetings,” Powell said in a statement, provided to The Smoking Gun. “Over time the e-mails became of a very personal nature, but did not result in an affair. Those type of emails ended a few years ago. There was no affair then and there is not one now.”

According to TSG, Guccifer had hacked Powell’s AOL and Facebook accounts back in March, and this week uploaded ten of the emails to a Google Drive account. He then posted a link to the Google Drive on Powell’s Facebook wall — from Powell’s own account — as well as several photos of Powell and Cretu.



As TSG writes, “In the ‘very personal’ correspondence cited by Powell, Cretu calls him the love of her life and describes a relationship that spanned more than a decade. The 2010-2011 e-mails would leave most readers with the clear impression that the forlorn Cretu is writing about the twilight of a lengthy romance.”

In other emails, Powell tells Cretu to delete the messages. “In light of what was happening it seems obvious to ask Ms. Cretu to delete emails,” he told TSG.

”Yes, the article accurately reflects the situation and that is General Powell’s statement,” Peggy Cifrino, a spokesperson for Powell, told Politico.

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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