Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired U.S. Army General Colin Powell, right, denies he had an affair with Romanian diplomat Corina Cretu, left. He says email messages made public by a hacker are those of 'a friendship that electronically became very personal and then back to normal.'

Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired U.S. Army General Colin Powell, right, denies he had an affair with Romanian diplomat Corina Cretu, left. He says email messages made public by a hacker are those of ‘a friendship that electronically became very personal and then back to normal.’

*Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is denying allegations of an affair with a Romanian diplomat after famed hacker Guccifer breached his email and Facebook accounts, revealing 10 years of communication with Corina Cretu, a member of the European Parliament.

The denial comes after Powell, who left the State Department in 2005, kept in touch with Cretu over email after leaving his post, The Smoking Gun reported on Thursday.

“Over time, the emails became of a very personal nature, but did not result in an affair,” Powell said in a statement.

Powell, who married his wife Alma in 1962, reportedly asked Cretu to delete the email exchange, as Guccifer posted personal emails from 2010 and 2011 online this week.

Guccifer has received a lot of attention since March, when he began hacking the accounts of members of government and celebrities. His victims include Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the Bush family and venture capitalist John Doerr.

Read Powell’s full statement here.