Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has described Republican nominee Donald Trump a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in personal email exchanges that were leaked online Tuesday.
The Republican retired general’s comments were revealed in a hack on his personal emails, BBC reports.
The emails were posted on DCLeaks.com, which has reportedly been tied to other recent high-profile hacks.
Mr Powell, who has been quiet during the election, said he had “no further comment” but was “not denying it”.
He also criticised Democrat Hillary Clinton’s “hubris” as he attacked the way she handled her private email crisis.
The remarks about Trump were part of an email sent on 17 June to Emily Miller, a journalist and Mr Powell’s former aide.