President Obama Receives Letter Containing Poisonous Ricin

President Obama Receives Letter Containing Poisonous Ricin
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Officials have intercepted a letter that was tainted with poison and sent to President Obama. That’s according to the Secret Service. This news comes the day after news about a separate letter which was believed to have been tainted with ricin was sent to Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R-MS) office on Capitol Hill. Officials said both letters were intercepted by authorities on Tuesday before they reached the White House and Capitol Hill.

President Obama Receives Letter Containing Poisonous Ricin

Fox News obtained the FBI bulletin describing the letters. The bulletin said both letters had the phrase: “To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.”

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They were both signed, “I am KC and I approve this message.”

Officials have not said whether they have any leads on a suspect, although Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told the Associated Press that authorities suspect someone who writes “a lot of letters to members.” The suspect’s name has not been released. Sources told Fox news that the person officials believe sent the letter, has sent other letters in the past.

Authorities are testing both of the suspicious letters. The letter to Sen. Wicker tested positive for ricin initially, although the FBI said later test results were inconsistent. The letter arrived in an envelope with a Tennessee postmark but no return address. Officials said both letters are being put through a full analysis, which usually takes one to two days.

Both suspicious letters arrived the day after the Boston bombing, and security on Capitol Hill has been heightened even further in light of both incidents happening on consecutive days. Many Americans remember when U.S. politicians received letters tainted with anthrax just days after the 9/11 attacks.

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