Former US secretary of state Colin Powell denies having an affair with Corina Cretu. Photo: Reuters
A hacker has posted what he claims are intimate emails between former US secretary of state Colin Powell and a Romanian Member of the European Parliament who claimed he was ''the greatest love of my life''.
Mr Powell, 76, has denied having an affair with Corina Cretu, 45, a former diplomat and spokesman for the Romanian government.
However, emails apparently stolen from Mr Powell's account detail the intensity of Ms Cretu's feelings for the former general.
''I love you,'' she wrote in November 2011, shortly before her marriage. ''10-15 years of love … YOU were my greatest love of my life but i fond finally, a realistc love.''
The email exchange, posted on the Cryptome file sharing website, begins in August 2005, months after Mr Powell stepped down as George W. Bush's top diplomat.
''Good weather to make you come … '' Ms Cretu writes in one. Mr Powell, who has been married for 50 years, replied: ''You and the weather could make that happen.''
It resumes again in December 2010 as Ms Cretu begins an anguished, apparently one-sided conversation. On the day before Valentine's Day 2011, she asks: ''Even a nice good night I don't deserve in your view? And until which point you would like to see me destryed completely? Is not fair, Colin, and you are not fair.''
She sent him an angry message in May 2011 after he apparently spurned an invitation to meet in Brussels.
''Nobody is saying to go to bed, I just want to see you, nothing more,'' she wrote.
Ms Cretu attached several photographs of herself in a bikini, one in a hot tub. Mr Powell appears to have met her briefly in Washington in July 2011 and was pictured in a group photo with one hand around her waist.
He re-established contact last month to warn her that he had been hacked. In a statement, Mr Powell said: ''Over time the emails became of a very personal nature, but did not result in an affair.''