Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is the latest public figure to be hit by hackers. BuzzFeed reports Powell called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “a national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in personal emails.
The remarks were sent in a June 2016 email to Emily Miller, a journalist who once served as Powell’s aide. In the same message, Powell wrote that Trump “is in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him.”
An August email from Powell to Miller notes that Trump fueled the “racist” movement that purports President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim.”
The retired four-star general also weighed in on what he perceives as the GOP’s racism.
In a May email titled “racism,” Powell wrote, “there is a level of intolerance in parts of the Republican Party,” which was a claim he made before the 2012 election. Powell broke from his party in 2008 and 2012, endorsing Obama both times.
Powell saved some criticism for Hillary Clinton, too. In the stolen emails, he reiterated his claim that Clinton’s campaign is trying to rope him in to her private email server controversy.
In one email, he wrote:
“Sad thing… HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it. I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton’s party to get their attention.”
Powell also makes the claim that whatever Clinton touches, she “screws up with hubris.”
There’s even an exchange with a Democratic donor about the Clinton’s alleged disdain for Obama.
Powell weighs in on Clinton’s appearance, noting she’s working herself too hard and doesn’t “look good” on high-definition TV.
The emails also include an exchange between Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the Iraq War.
The website DCLeaks.com obtained the emails. The site may be linked to Russian intelligence services, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Russians are believed to be the source of a hack of the Democratic National Committee’s emails just before the party’s convention. Some political insiders think the Russian hackers are trying to influence the outcome of the U.S. election with these leaks.
Powell is not commenting on the hack, but he also told BuzzFeed “I’m not denying it.”