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FBI Releases Details Of Letter With Ricin Sent to White House

Postmark Was Weeks Before Discovery. A letter containing ricin poison that was sent to the White House last fall threatened to “turn D.C. into a ghost town” and was postmarked in Tennessee three weeks before the Secret Service discovered it, the FBI said yesterday. Officials also disclosed that the ricin powder found in the envelope was loosely sprinkled on the letter rather than contained in a vial, as it had been in a related case. The letter was one of two signed by “Fallen Angel,” who complained about trucking regulations that require more rest periods for long-haul truckers. Officials said the envelope was postmarked Oct. 17 in Chattanooga and received Nov. 6 at an off-site facility that processes mail addressed to the White House, and that Secret Service employees discovered it that day. Addressed by hand to “The White House,” it contained a typewritten letter addressed to the “Department of transportation,” according to a copy released by the FBI. Full Story

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