A pair of letters sent to President Barack Obama and Republican Senator Roger Wicker yesterday (April 16) reportedly tested positive for the poiso, ricin in an initial analysis. Law officials announced earlier today (April 17) that the letters intended for President Obama and Sen. Wicker were seized at a processing facility away from the White House and Senate building.
After the tragic bombing incident in Boston on Monday (April 15), speculations arose that the letters were part of a larger scheme. The FBI quickly issued a statement saying it does not appear that the tainted letters are connected.
“The investigation into these letters remains ongoing, and more letters may still be received. There is no indication of a connection to the attack in Boston,” read the closing sentence of the statement. FBI officials further added that suspicious mail is seized often, and that there was no danger that the letters would have made it to their final destination.
“To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance,” read the contents of the letter. The letters were concluded with the sender signing, “I am KC and I approve this message.”
Boston and Washington are on high alert, considering the timing of the bombing and mailing incidents. Elected officials have filed several complaints of receiving unknown packages, but it is business as usual for many on Capitol Hill and abroad.
“The bottom line is, the process we have in place worked,” Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said to CNN as part of a report.
President Obama sternly addressed the Boston explosions and vowed swift justice against the perpetrators. White House spokesperson Jay Carney said the president has no comment according to a Los Angeles Times report.
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