On 9/13/2016 Justin Fishel of ABC News reported the following in the article,”Trump a ‘National Disgrace’ Colin Powell Wrote in Hacked Emails:”
Newly revealed emails hacked from the private account of former Republican secretary of state Colin Powell show the retired four-star general repeatedly blasting Donald Trump, describing him as a “national disgrace” who engaged in a “racist” movement.
A spokesperson for Colin Powell told ABC tonight that the emails revealed “are accurate,” and declined any further comment.
Much of the content of these emails was first reported by the website Buzzfeed, and ABC News has not independently obtained the emails. Buzzfeed quotes Powell in one email from June 17, 2016, to Emily Miller, a journalist and former aide of Powell. Powell writes that Trump “is in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him.”
In another email Powell describes Trump’s birther investigation as a “racist” movement that incorrectly suggests Obama was born in a foreign country.
“The whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote. He also said Trump wanted to know if Obama was a Muslim. “As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans every (single) day.”
In a separate email titled “racism,” Powell writes, “There is a level of intolerance in parts of the Republican Party.”
“Buzzfeed reports that it obtained the emails from the website DCLeaks.com, a group that is suspected of having ties to Russian cyber spies. The private cyber security firm Threat Connect has reported its suspicion that DCLeaks was a Russia-backed operation, linked to the notorious hacker Guccifer 2.0.”
The news outlet that broke this story on 9/14/16 is BuzzFeed. Added information from the article, “Colin Powell Calls Trump A “National Disgrace” In Personal Emails” by Andrew Kaczynsk, Nathan McDermott and Tala Ansari is as follows:
“Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a retired four-star general who served under three Republican presidents, slammed GOP nominee Donald Trump as a “a national disgrace” and an “international pariah,” according to his personal emails seen by BuzzFeed News. Powell told BuzzFeed News, “I have no further comment, I’m not denying it. Powell told BuzzFeed News.”
“The remarks came in a June 17, 2016, email to Emily Miller, a journalist who was once Powell’s aide. In that same email Powell also said Trump “is in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him. (Speaker of the House) Paul Ryan is calibrating his position again.”
“Powell went on to write that Trump’s reported adviser, Roger Ailes — the former chair and CEO of Fox News who left the company after allegations of sexual harassment — wouldn’t help Trump with winning over women voters.”
“And Ailes as an advisor won’t heal women, don’t you think?” Powell wrote.”
“And in a December 2015 email to CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria, Powell recounted his aversion to speaking about Trump to the press, writing, “You guys are playing his game, you are his oxygen. He outraged us again today with his comments on Paris no-go for police districts. I will watch and pick the timing, not respond to the latest outrage.”
“In another email, Powell wrote to a recipient about his aversion to giving Trump any more media attention: “To go on and call him an idiot just emboldens him.”
“In a July 21, 2015, email, in response to a news article about Trump’s giving out US Sen. Lindsey Graham’s phone number, Powell called it a “Celebrification of society,” adding that “Trump has no sense of shame.”
On 9/13/16, the BuzzFeed writers Andrew Kaczynsk and Talal Ansani posted the article, “Colin Powell Called Benghazi A “Stupid Witch Hunt” — And Condi Rice Agreed,” and the reporters wrote: “Powell said about the fatal attack on the diplomatic compound in 2012, “basic fault fall on a courageous ambassador who thought Libyans love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place. Powell wrote in a December 2015 email exchange with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 incident.”.
This blog was updated on 9/14/16