Letter with suspicious substance sent to President Obama, tests positive for ricin

Letter with suspicious substance sent to President Obama, tests positive for ricin

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC --  A letter addressed to President Barack Obama containing a suspicious substance was received at a White House mail facility and is being tested, a Secret Service official told NBC News on Wednesday.

NBC News is now reporting that the letter to Obama has tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.

The letter was received at the mail facility Tuesday, the official said. The FBI said Tuesday that a letter intended for Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., had tested positive for ricin.

The letter was intercepted at a postal facility in Maryland that screens mail sent to Congress, and never reached Wicker’s office. The senator thanked law enforcement and said an investigation was underway but did not elaborate.

Other senators were made aware of the Wicker letter during a briefing Tuesday evening on the bombing at the Boston Marathon. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that the person who sent Wicker the letter writes often to elected officials.

The Wicker letter was postmarked Memphis, Tenn., and had no return address.

Ricin poisoning can kill within 36 hours, and there is no antidote.

 

 

Read the NBC News report HERE.

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