Powell also called Hillary Clinton a person of 'unbridled ambition, greedy, not-transformational' in a series of now-leaked emails
Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state, called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah”, show a series of leaks of email exchanges.
Powell's emails surfaced on the website DCLeaks.com. The former top diplomat confirmed the exchanges were his but did not comment further.
In the emails leaked on Tuesday and Wednesday, Powell called Trump's conspiracy theory around President Obama's birth place racist.
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote to his former aide, which was first reported by Buzzfeed news.
“That's what 99 per cent believe,” he added.
It is not yet clear who hacked Powell's emails. Website DCLeaks reportedly has ties with the Russian government, reported the Guardian today.
In another alleged exchange as reported the New York post, Powell told Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds he would not vote for Hillary Clinton.
“I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect,” Powell said
“A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d—ing bimbos at home," he had said, according to the New York Post.
Powell, however, said he did no remember making any such comment.