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What We Know Right Now About Those Suspicious Packages

What to Know

  • Officials are investigating a series of apparent explosive devices sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, CNN and Eric Holder

  • Five parcels had a return address linking to a high-profile Democratic party member; at least one of them also had a white powder envelope

  • The flurry of incidents come less than 48 hours after bomb was planted in mailbox at billionaire philanthropist Soros' NY home

A string of suspicious packages have been sent to multiple politicians and members of the press over the last 48 hours. Heres what we know about each one.

GEORGE SOROS

  • A suspicious package was found in George Soros mailbox at his home in Bedford, New York, about 3:45 p.m. Monday. It was found by an employee, who threw it into the woods and phoned police.
  • The package had a manila outer and a stamp on it. It listed the return address as one belonging to ex-Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • The device appeared to be a pipe, with some sort of device attached to it with black tape and wires. It arrived in a bulky manila envelope with six stamps on it. The address and return address was printed on white paper and taped to the manila folder.
  • The device contained explosive powder, a law enforcement source told NBC 4, and it was similar to a pipe bomb
  • It was detonated as a precaution

FORMER SEC. OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON

  • Secret service screeners reviewing mail to Hillary Clinton at an outside mail sorting facility find a potentially explosive device addressed to the former secretary of state
  • Clinton is not home at the time, but her husband former President Bill Clinton is
  • The package has a manila outer and multiple stamps on it. It appears to be a working explosive, although analysis is pending further testing.
  • The package lists the return address as one belonging to Debbie Wasserman Schultz

FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

  • Routine mail screening turns up a suspicious and potentially explosive device Wednesday morning
  • The package has a manila outer and multiple stamps on it. It appears to be a working explosive, although analysis is pending further testing.
  • The package lists the return address as one belonging to Debbie Wasserman Schultz

JOHN BRENNAN / CNN

  • A suspicious package is discovered in CNNs Manhattan mailroom mid-morning Wednesday, addressed to former CIA head John Brennan
  • The parcel has a manila outer packaging and stamps on it
  • The device inside the package appeared to be a “live explosive,” NYPD commissioner ONeill said
  • An envelope with white powder was also found in the packaging
  • The building is evacuated while the package is removed

ERIC HOLDER / DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

  • A suspicious device is intercepted at the Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Sunrise, Florida, Wednesday morning
  • It is delivered in a bulky manila envelope with stamps on it
  • The device is addressed to former New York Attorney General Eric Holder, but appears to have been delivered to the return sender listed on the mail: Wasserman Schultz
  • Investigators believe the package addressed to Holder may have had the wrong address, which is why it was shipped back to the nominal sender (Schultz's return address). Schultz did not send the packages.

CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS

  • A suspicious device addressed to California Rep. Maxine Waters is intercepted at a mail processing facility for the U.S. Capitol
  • That device's nature, and possible connection to the others, was not immediately clear

NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO

  • Gov. Cuomo said a suspicious package was received at his Manhattan office Wednesday afternoon
  • That package turned out to be a threatening letter, not a device, a senior law enforcement source said
  • A Cuomo spokesman said the item appeared to contain computer files on the Proud Boys

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