Authorities have intercepted suspicious devices intended for former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and the Florida office of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious package was mailed there
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Suspicious packages have been sent and/or addressed to:<br><br>• Hillary Clinton<br><br>• Barack Obama<br><br>• Eric Holder<br><br>• CNN / former CIA Director Brennan<br><br>• Office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz<br><br>• Rep. Maxine Waters<br><br>• George Soros (Monday)<br><br>Latest: <a href=”https://t.co/lNQXMURP9f”>https://t.co/lNQXMURP9f</a> <a href=”https://t.co/H6bauB3oaR”>pic.twitter.com/H6bauB3oaR</a></p>— NBC News (@NBCNews) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1055168163430711298?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
Also, CNN’s New York bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated after a package with an explosive device, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was discovered, city and local law enforcement officials said. The San Diego Union-Tribune also reported that it had evacuated its building after “a stack of suspicious looking packages” was spotted outside.
CNN, citing a law enforcement official, was initially told a suspicious package containing a pipe bomb that was addressed to the White House was intercepted at Joint Base Bolling in Washington, DC. The Secret Service, however, later said it had only intercepted the two packages intended for Obama and Clinton and called reports of a package headed for the White House “incorrect.”
A law enforcement source said the device found in the Time Warner Center’s mailroom is similar to the ones addressed to Obama, Clinton and billionaire investor and major Democratic donor George Soros, which was discovered earlier this week.
Another law enforcement official told CNN that the initial examination of all of the devices shows them to be constructed similarly. At least one of the devices appeared to contain projectiles, including shards of glass. The devices are rudimentary but functional.
Earlier Wednesday morning, the United States Secret Service said it had intercepted two “suspicious packages” addressed to Obama and Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, earlier this week.
Neither Obama nor Clinton received the packages or were at risk of receiving them, the Secret Service said. They were discovered during “routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the agency said in a statement.
The Soros package had the return address of Wasserman Schultz, a former party chairwoman, a law enforcement source and a federal source briefed on the investigation said Wednesday. There is no information that suggests she sent the package.
The bomb squad was investigating the package discovered at Wasserman Schultz’s Florida office, a local police spokesman said. It was not immediately clear if the package contains a device similar to the others detected around the country.