Mar 13, 2014
Deadly Poison Found in Letter Addressed to Obama
Posted on Apr 17, 2013
Authorities believe a letter sent to President Obama containing a suspicious substance that tested positive for ricin came from the same person who mailed an envelope that was also filled with the deadly toxin to a Republican senator. In both instances, the letters did not reach the intended target.
The discovery of the letter to the president comes one day after it was revealed that a piece of mail addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi had tested positive for ricin. A federal official told NBC News that the two letters were “very similar.”
Meantime, ABC News’ Terry Moran reports that authorities have intercepted a second letter sent to the U.S. Senate containing a suspicious substance that also tested positive for the poison. It’s not clear yet who the intended recipient was.
As Gawker noted though, “there’s a history of ricin false positives that have been used to justify hasty security action.”
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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