A former member of the U.S. Navy is suspected of sending Ricin-laden packages to the White House, Pentagon and office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), according to a Wednesday report.
“Investigators said one of the envelopes, addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis or the Navy’s top officer, Adm. John Richardson, contained a return address leading them to believe it came from the sailor, whose name has not been disclosed,” according to the report.
The culprit has not yet been publicly identified.
“Officials say a tip from the White House led the Pentagon to discover the two packages sent to the Pentagon,” the report said. “Both initially tested positive for ricin but are now in the hands of the FBI for further testing.”
Big League Politics reported Tuesday:
“On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility,” Col. Rob Manning said. “The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis. All USPS mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility yesterday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel.”
According to another report, two people who work in the campaign office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) were exposed to a white powdery substance and are currently undergoing tests at a local hospital in Houston.
“A hazardous materials response team was dispatched to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign office in Houston on Tuesday morning to investigate a mailed envelope that contained a white powdery substance,” the report said. “Multiple fire trucks and at least one hazmat truck were spotted on the scene after the letter was opened by campaign staff and reported to authorities.”
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