by WorldTribune Staff, September 16, 2016
Most attendees at a secretive gathering of political and business honchos regarded Donald Trump to be a “disaster” and won’t vote for him, according to an email hacked from former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Gmail account.
Powell wrote that he had just returned from the Bohemian Grove — described by the Washington Post as “where the rich and powerful go to misbehave”.
Bohemian Grove is a 2,700-acre campground in Monte Rio, California where Powell in July attended the annual secretive meeting.
Powell wrote that, while the attendees were soured on Trump’s candidacy, “quite a few will not vote for Hillary and will vote for a third party candidate.”
Following is the text of the email, which was hacked by DCLeaks and accessed by Breitbart News:
“Peter, I am back from the Bohemian Grove. Surprise, surprise, I sat next to Stephen Harper a couple of times and had a nice discussion. Grove attendees know that Trump is a disaster. Most will vote against, but quite a few will not vote for Hillary and will vote for a third party candidate. Strange doings down here. Otherwise all is well with the Powells. We’ll sneak away for a few days in August. Of course I’d love to see you. Let me know your dates. I told Stephen that you seemed quite content in your new place in life.
All the best, Colin”
The email was addressed to Canadian politician and lawyer Peter Gordon MacKay, a former Canadian Member of Parliament, who also served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of National Defense, and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Stephen Harper, referenced in the email, served as Canada’s prime minister from Feb. 6, 2006 to Nov. 4, 2015.
In a previous email to MacKay, Powell wrote about the policy of not bringing communication devices to Bohemian Grove.
“I am racing out of town to the California Redwoods for the weekend,” Powell wrote, referring to the Grove. “No phones, email or even Kindles.”
In a 2011 profile, the Washington Post reported on the annual July event:
“Every July, some of the richest and most powerful men in the world gather at a 2,700 acre campground in Monte Rio, Calif., for two weeks of heavy drinking, super-secret talks, druid worship (the group insists they are simply ‘revering the Redwoods’), and other rituals.
“Their purpose: to escape the ‘frontier culture,’ or uncivilized interests, of common men.
“The people that gather at Bohemian Grove — who have included prominent business leaders, former U.S. presidents, musicians, and oil barons — are told that ‘Weaving Spiders Come Not Here,’ meaning business deals are to be left outside. One exception was in 1942, when a planning for the Manhattan Project took place at the grove, leading to the creation of the atom bomb.”