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Hacker Forces Colin Powell To Deny Affair
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:01:18 +0000 (UTC)
The Smoking Gun
August 1, 2013
AUGUST 1 -- As a notorious hacker seeks to distribute "very personal"
e-mails sent to Colin Powell by a female Romanian diplomat, the retired
general is denying that he engaged in an extramarital affair with the
woman while he served as Secretary of State, though he recently advised
her to delete all their online exchanges, The Smoking Gun has learned.
In a statement addressing his relationship with Corina Cretu, a member of
the European Parliament who previously held a series of senior posts in
the Romanian government, Powell, 76, wrote that he has known Cretu for
about 10 years, having first met her "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, who served in President George W. Bush’s cabinet for four years,
said that he kept in touch with Cretu, 45, by e-mail after leaving the
State Department in January 2005. “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,”
Powell issued his statement (a copy of which can be found here) to TSG
after a reporter sought to question him about the content of Cretu’s 2010
and 2011 correspondence, which was posted online this week. “This note
responds to a series of posts placed by a ‘hacker,’” Powell wrote.
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