Discovering he’s every bit as vulnerable to email breaches as numerous persons and organizations, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s personal correspondence with former aides and acquaintances reveal an unusual frankness in descriptions of the two presidential nominees seeking the White House in 2016.
Writing bluntly and forthrightly to a former assistant, Powell depicted New York businessman and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah.” Not ending there, Powell continued to assail the real estate mogul as a “racist” for his involvement in the birther movement, which disputed the legitimacy of President Obama’s presidency over the location of his birthplace.
Former Secretary Hillary Clinton did not escape Mr. Powell’s poison ink.
Taking a dim view of the current Democratic presidential nominee, who Powell describes as a friend, the former Joint Chiefs Chairman laid bare his true feelings and portrayed the former First Lady and New York senator as a vain, bumbling incompetent: “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris,” Powell wrote to a friend.
Later, in a separate email exchange with donor Jeffrey Leeds, Powell continued to eviscerate Clinton:
“A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d—ing bimbos at home (according to the NYP),” read the email to Leeds.
Unlike Clinton’s November election rival, Powell did take to his personal email to defend Clinton over the Benghazi attacks. Although refusing to completely absolve Clinton of some culpability for the 2012 attacks which killed four Americans, writing to former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Powell averred:
“Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt. Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thought Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place. . . . Blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, DS and yes HRC.”
Powell has verified the authenticity of the emails.
Although the source of the hack remains unknown, and some are pointing the finger at the Russian government, DCLeaks, which has its own ties to the Kremlin, is claiming responsibility for the infringement into Mr. Powell’s correspondences.
[The Guardian] [DCLeaks]