Colin Powell on Thursday denied having an extramarital affair with a Romanian diplomat after a hacker exposed personal emails between the two.
“When I was the secretary of State and she was an assistant to the president of Romania, we occasionally attended the same diplomatic and international meetings,” Powell said in a statement to The Smoking Gun.
“This was a friendship that electronically became very personal and then back to normal,” he continued. “Over time the emails 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.”
A hacker known as “Guccifer” broke into the former secretary of State’s personal email account and posted a link to some of the correspondence on Powell’s Facebook page.