It appears email hacking continues to be the latest rage in this crazy election.
Today, we hear that hacking site DCleaks.com has released two years worth of former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s private emails. Among the more interesting communications are those that refer to Donald Trump as a “national disgrace” and Republicans’ Benghazi investigations as a “witch hunt.”
Powell has privately denounced Republican nominee Donald Trump in remarkably strong terms. “Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah,” Powell wrote in an email this June, as BuzzFeed News first reported. The email was sent to a journalist who had previously worked for Powell.
In another email, Powell wrote that Trump “appeals to the worst angels of the GOP nature and poor white folks,” according to CNN. And elsewhere, he wrote that “the whole birther movement” — headed by Trump — “was racist.”
Powell also had a similarly strongly worded dismissal of Republicans’ obsession with investigating the Benghazi attacks, and suggested the blame should fall on the late ambassador Chris Stevens for not taking his own security seriously enough. “Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt,” he wrote in a December 2015 email to Condoleezza Rice, again according to BuzzFeed News. “Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts [sic] Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place.”
Powell told NBC News that the emails are indeed real, adding, “The hackers have a lot more.”
DCLeaks has been previously been alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence.