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Secret Service Intercepts ‘Suspicious Packages’ Sent To Obama, Clinton

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President Barack Obama, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sept. 12, 2012, regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

President Barack Obama, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivers a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sept. 12, 2012, regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Law enforcement intercepted two "suspicious packages" sent to the offices of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, the Secret Service announced on Wednesday.

  • The two packages, bound for Clinton in Westchester County, New York, and Obama in Washington, D.C., were identified and disposed of during "routine mail screening procedures," the Secret Service said in a statement.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that one package was found "in the vicinity of the Clinton residence" on Wednesday, which the Joint Terrorism Task Force is currently investigating.
  • Although the Secret Service did not elaborate on their contents beyond testing positive for "potential explosive devices," the suspicious packages were sent less than a month after envelopes containing traces of ricin poison were sent to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson at the Pentagon.
  • "We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”
  • The New York Times notes that billionaire philanthropist George Soros had received a pipe bomb in the mail on Monday.
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