Ex-US Secretary of State Colin Powell, right, denies he had an affair with Romanian diplomat Corina Cretu, left. He says email messages made public by a hacker are those of 'a friendship that electronically became very personal and then back to normal.
Former US secretary of state Colin Powell denies having extramarital affair with top Romanian politician Corina Cretu as a famed hacker revealed that Cretu has been sending him 'very personal emails' in past ten years.
Hacker Guccifer managed to break into the retired army general's email and Facebook accounts last week and posted the emails from 2010 and 2011 on his Facebook page this week. Guccifer has threatened to leak their intimate messages.
Powell is said to have asked Cretu, 46, to delete all their correspondence.
"Over time, the emails became of a very personal nature, but did not result in an affair," said 76-year-old Powell in a statement about his relationship with Cretu.
Powell who married his wife Alma in 1962 said that he met Cretu “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.”
“After I left the Department of States in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email. I frequently gave her advice on the prospects of finding a position with the UN or other international organizations,” the statement said.
Cretu is currently a member of the European Parliament. The Romanian politician also held several top positions in the government.
The former secretary of state issued the statement after a reporter tried to ask him about the content of the online exchanges.