Early tests show Ricin in letter sent to President Obama


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Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Updated: 4/17/2013 11:43 am Published: 4/17/2013 11:43 am


WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI says the letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8.

In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI says the letters both say: "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance." Both letters are signed, "I am KC and I approve this message."

The FBI says the substance in both letters have preliminarily tested positive for ricin, a potentially fatal poison.

Both the letters to Wicker, R-Miss., and to Obama were intercepted at off-site mail facilities.

The FBI says it is pursuing investigative leads to determine who sent the letters.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

The FBI says preliminary tests on a letter sent to President Barack Obama indicate the presence of poisonous ricin.

The letter is undergoing further testing because preliminary field tests can be unreliable, creating false positives.

The letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House. It comes the day after officials said a letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker tested positive for poisonous ricin. That letter to Wicker, a Republican, was intercepted at a Senate mail facility just outside Washington.

The FBI says there is no indication of a connection to the bombing at Monday's Boston Marathon.

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watergirl - 4/17/2013 2:18 PM
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True, but it had to be dropped in a mailbox at some point in time. What about all the other mail that touched it before it got to the sorting/filtering location? Ok I am creeped out now.

t town253 - 4/17/2013 12:56 PM
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Lol seriously?? Do people not know that the mail sent there is filtered thoroughly before even reaching the representatives?? Stupid idiots looking for attention.

watergirl - 4/17/2013 12:15 PM
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Just wondering if a letter contaminated with ricin can contaminate other mail it comes in contact with during the mail process. Does anybody know how penetrating this substance is? I am going to google it. That's scary.
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