Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Police investigating suspicious package sent to Robert De Niro in NY

In this frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV FBI agents cover a van parked in Plantation Fla. Oct. 26 2018 of a suspect in the mass bomb mailings WPLG-TV via AP
Diane Mills | 25 October, 2018, 23:57

Authorities discovered another wave of suspicious packages on Thursday targeting high-profile Democrats and critics of U.S. President Donald Trump as a manhunt intensified for a serial bomber less than two weeks ahead of elections. The package was misaddressed and returned to sender, two law enforcement sources previously said. The AP says the official wasn't authorized to publicly discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said the devices were made from plastic pipe and covered with black tape.

The package sent to CNN, which Mr Trump has frequently derided for its coverage of him, contained an envelope of white powder that experts were analysing, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The suspicious package sent to CNN headquarters in NY on Wednesday was addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, another prominent Trump critic.

The former DE senator is a Democrat who served as vice president in the Obama administration.

Trump, in a Thursday morning tweet, lamented the anger "we see today in our society".

Investigators were trying to track down a suspicious package they believe was addressed to Obama's vice-president, Joe Biden, a federal official told Reuters late on Wednesday. Later, authorities revealed the package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan - who is not an employee of the network, but rather a contributor to MSNBC.

Law enforcement says the bombs were packed with shards of glass, however, none of the packages reached their intended targets. The package appears similar to pipe bomb packages recently mailed to top Democrats nationwide.

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The package had clearly been there since at least yesterday, Fox News reports.

Another pointed out the device sent to CNN was wrapped in an Islamic State flag, although it was identified as a parody version of the distinctive design. "That doesn't mean he can't have bombs that are operational". He condemned the terrorist acts - without calling them terrorist acts - as "egregious conduct" that is "abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans".

He took a softer tone than usual at a rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday night. "Don't let the terrorists win", he said.

A suspicious device was sent to actor Robert De Niro in New York City, WCBS-TV reported, citing sources, and police are investigating.

A packet with similar content to devices that appeared to be an explosive was sent to actor Robert De Niro in the building where the actor's producer, Tribeca Productions, and his restaurant, Tribeca Grills are located in NY.

FBI investigators are working around the clock to identify the source of the suspicious packages, and say it is extremely helpful that none of the devices detonated, which will help them trace the source. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). On Wednesday, we learned that explosive devices were mailed to the Obamas, the Clintons, and CNN, a day after George Soros also received a crude pipe bomb in the mail. The bombs were unstable and could have been set off just by handling, sources said. "There is a pattern".

"The FBI will continue to work with our federal law enforcement partners at the United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as our state and local law enforcement partners, to identify and arrest the person or people responsible for sending these packages", the FBI statement said.

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