WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 — Just one day after Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) received a ricin-laced letter and two days after the double bombings of the Boston Marathon, President Obama was sent a letter, intercepted by authorities, that tests positive for ricin poison. Further testing will be done to double verify it’s ricin.
The letter was discovered at the Secret Service’s mail screening facility after being sent to the President on April 16. The facility, which checks all incoming mail and packages to the President, is not near the White House and he was not imminent danger.
The Secret Service, FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police are all investigating, although at this point they are not linking the terrorist attack in Boston to the two letters sent Sen. Wicker and President Obama.
According to Fox News, this latest letter has many similarities to the one sent Sen. Wicker:
* both letters came from Memphis, Tenn.
* both letters were sent on April 16
* both letters contained similar language
* both letters are signed identically.
Like the letter Sen. Wicker received, which has tested positive for ricin, the latest letter will undergo further extensive testing as well.
Ricin is a poison made from the castor oil plant and a dose as small as a couple grains of salt can kill an adult. Dangerous and deadly, ricin can kill if inhaled, injected or ingested. An antidote has been developed, but survivors suffer long-term organ damage.
Meanwhile suspicious packages were spotted at the Capitol building, including a suspicious envelope on the third floor of the Russell Senate Office Building.
In 2004, then Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) received a letter at his office in the Dirksen Senate Office Building that also tested positive for ricin. The office building was shut down for decontamination and the case was never solved.
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