Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2013

Suspicious letter to Obama intercepted

obamaA letter addressed to President Barack Obama containing a “suspicious” substance was intercepted at a mail screening facility outside the White House, the US Secret Service said on Wednesday.

The letter was discovered at the remote facility which is used to screen White House mail on Tuesday, the same day authorities said a letter was sent to Senator Roger Wicker which was laced with ricin, a deadly poison extracted from castor beans – a lethal dose of which is the size of a grain of salt.

Secret Service spokesperson Edwin Donovan said the agency, which protects the president and his family, was working closely with the US Capitol police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to trace the origins of the letter.

The discovery of the letters rattled nerves following the bomb attacks near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday which killed three people and injured more than 180 others, though it was not clear if the incidents were linked.

The episode also recalled the mysterious series of letters laced with anthrax that were sent to lawmakers and some journalists following the September 11 attacks in 2001 which killed five people and sickened 17 others.


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