Suspicious letters sent to White House, NY mayor

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WASHINGTON: A suspicious letter addressed to the White House and “similar” to an apparently poison-laced letter sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been intercepted, the Secret Service said on Thursday.

“The White House mail screening facility intercepted a letter addressed to the White House that was similar to letters previously addressed to Mayor Bloomberg in New York,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said.

“This letter has been turned over to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation,” Donovan said in a short statement.

Two letters sent last week—one to Bloomberg and one to an official with the gun laws group he helped found, Mayors Against Illegal Guns—appeared to be laced with ricin, according to preliminary tests, New York police said.

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Bloomberg told CBS late Wednesday that the letter sent to him was “obviously” meant to show opposition to his lobbying for tighter gun laws.

The letters contained “anonymous threats” and “when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin,” New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

“The writer, in letters, threatened Mayor Bloomberg, with references to the debate on gun laws.”

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