Letter Addressed To Obama Tests Positive For Ricin
A letter sent to President Obama tested positive for ricin, a potentially lethal poison, after being screened by an off-site mail facility.
U.S Senator Roger Wicker also received a ricin-laced letter. Part of the letter read:
“To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance.”
According to NBC, both letters sent from Memphis, Tenn. were signed:
“I’m KC and I approve this message.”
Ricin can be made from castor beans, and if a person inhales, ingests, or is injected with ricin, the effects can be fatal.
By the time the president receives letters, it has been carefully examined, tested, and read. According to Washington Post,
“Letters addressed to the White House are first delivered to a screening facility outside Washington, where they are tested for suspicious substances before being forwarded to a White House mail office located a few blocks from the White House. Since Obama became president in 2008, the Secret Service has intercepted at least half dozen threatening letters addressed to him, some including suspicious powder or HIV-positive blood.”
The FBI does not think there is connection between these letters and the bombings in Boston, but the letters will be tested further for any more “suspicious substances.”
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