GOP Senator sent envelope containing Ricin
An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol’s off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said. The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing.
Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters after a briefing for lawmakers that a suspect has already been identified in the incident. Members will be warning their home-state offices to look out for similar letters, she said.
Wicker, the junior senator from Mississippi, has been assigned a protective detail, according to a law enforcement source. (Source: CNN)
The Washington Times Reports:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional exposure to the poison, naturally found in castor beans, is highly unlikely unless someone eats the beans.