FBI Intercepts Suspicious Letter To President Obama That Might Contain Ricin

Source: Philip Rucker and Aaron Blake / The Washington Post

The FBI has intercepted a letter addressed to President Obama that may contain the poisonous substance ricin.

A spokesperson in the FBI’s Washington Field Office said that a “suspicious letter” sent to Obama was intercepted at a White House mail facility on Thursday morning. FBI is investigating the letter and they do not yet know whether the letter tested positive or negative for ricin.

The White House referred questions on the matter to the Secret Service, which has yet to comment.

The news comes six weeks after ricin-laced letters were sent to Obama and two other Washington political figures, including Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and a day after a ricin-laced letter was sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I).

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