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Colin Powell: fresh details of Romanian MEP's emails emerge


One of the bikini-clad photos Corina Cretu sent to former US secretary of State Colin Powell.

One of the bikini-clad photos Corina Cretu sent to former US secretary of State Colin Powell.

Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State

Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State


One of the bikini-clad photos Corina Cretu sent to former US secretary of State Colin Powell.

Embarrassing new details have emerged of Colin Powell's intimate email exchanges with a Romanian MEP who claimed he was "the greatest love of my life".

The 76-year-old former US secretary of state 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 by a hacker and posted online purport to detail the intensity of Ms Cretu's feelings for the married former general.

"I love you," she wrote in November 2011, shortly before her own marriage. "10-15 years of love ... Intense love ... YOU were my greatest love of my life but i fond finally, a reaistc love."

The email exchange, which was posted on the Cryptome file sharing website, begins in August 2005, months after Mr Powell stepped down as George W Bush's top diplomat.

On August 19, 2005, Ms Cretu wrote: "Good weather to make you come ..."

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 in broken English recalling her feelings for Mr Powell and lamenting their lack of contact.

On the day before Valentine's Day 2011, she wrote: "Sip a glass of wine with me, as you used to tell me – advising me to lie neck on tha sofa ..."

In the same message 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."

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She sent him an angry message in May 2011 after he apparently spurned an invitation to meet her in Brussels.

"I am especially sorry that you see me as a threaten for you or somebody dangerous from which you must stay away," she wrote. "Nobody is saying to go to bed, I just want to see you, nothing more."

Ms Cretu attached several photographs of herself in a bikini, one in a hot tub, and others with world leaders including Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates.

Mr Powell appears to have met her briefly in Washington in July 2011 and was pictured in a group photograph with one hand around her waist. "Do you think would be too much to have a coffee together thsese days?" she asked afterwards.

Mr Powell seems to have rarely replied and in the most recent message from July 2011 he told her to "enjoy my hometown" as she visited his native New York. 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. Those type of emails ended a few years ago. There was no affair then and there is not one now."

Ms Cretu did not respond to an email request for comment.

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