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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Police may have suspect in attempted ricin attack

Associated Press: Police have a suspect in mind as they investigate a letter mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin, a Senate colleague said.

“The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Tuesday as she emerged from a classified briefing.

Authorities declined to comment on a suspect or any other aspect of the investigation being led by Capitol Police and the FBI after tests indicated that a letter mailed to the Mississippi Republican’s Washington office contained the potentially deadly toxin. The letter was intercepted at a Senate mail facility in Prince George’s County, Md., just outside Washington, said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a member of the Senate’s Democratic leadership.

The letter’s discovery shook the U.S. Capitol, where several events were canceled Tuesday in response to Monday’s Boston bombing that killed three people, injured more than 170 and ignited fresh fears of terrorism. There was no evidence of a connection between the two events.
A possible reason for the letter’s interception: it had no return address, which sends up huge read flags in the Capitol mail room. It may be that the sender wanted the letter intercepted or it may be that the sender was not savvy enough to realize this would be a problem. Either explanation would seem to point away from organized terrorism.

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