Authorities Find 11th And 12th Suspicious Packages In Separate States Sent To These High-Profile Figures: Report
Authorities found an 11th suspicious package in south Florida addressed to Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the FBI confirmed, and a 12th package in New York City addressed to former director of national intelligence James Clapper, according to NBC News.
Police evacuated the area around a Manhattan post office because of the 12th package, a law enforcement official told CNN.
We are responding to a report of a suspicious package in the vicinity of West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, #Manhattan. Please avoid the area and expect a police presence and heavy traffic. More information to follow. pic.twitter.com/fygm9IvS63
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 26, 2018
Clapper, a CNN contributor, told the network the packages would “not silence the [Trump] administration’s critics.”
“My wife and I are away from home right now. And our neighbors have been retrieving our mail. Been very concerned about them. So in one sense, it’s kind of a relief, but it’s not a surprise,” he told CNN. “This is definitely domestic terrorism. No question about it in my mind.”
The 11th package, addressed to Booker, was found at a postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida. That facility “has emerged as a focal point for investigators trying to track down the sender of the suspected mail bombs,” sources told ABC News.
Booker had condemned the acts Wednesday before it was known he was an intended recipient.
“These targeted acts of terror are despicable cowardice,” the senator wrote on Twitter. “These acts will not inflict terror, they will only make us more brave. Grateful to the first responders and law enforcement for their quick response to these threats.”
Other intended recipients of the suspicious packages are billionaire George Soros, former President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former vice president Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder, ex-CIA director John Brennan, California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and actor Robert De Niro, according to NBC News.
The office of Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz also received a package because the office’s address was the return address of a package.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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