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October 2, 2018
HORRIFYING Attacks on Senator Cruz’s Office, Pentagon
First responders rushed two Ted Cruz campaign staffers to the hospital after opening letters containing a “white powdery substance.”
Earlier, packages suspected to contain ricin were stopped en route to the Pentagon. (Fox News)
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed to Fox News that two packages addressed to U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Navy’s top officer, Admiral John Richardson, are suspected of containing ricin.
The packages never made their way into the Pentagon, but were flagged in a mail delivery building next door on Monday, the spokesman said. Initial tests were positive for ricin, a poison made from castor beans, but the FBI is now currently doing analysis to make final determinations.
“On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility,” Col. Rob Manning said in a statement to Fox News. “All USPS mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility yesterday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel.”
The disclosure about the incident at the Pentagon came as authorities said two people were taken to the hospital after apparently being exposed to a white powdery substance at Senator Ted Cruz’s office in Houston. The Houston Fire Department said on Twitter that the entire 9th floor of the Phoenix Tower has been evacuated.
The Houston Fire Department’s Hazmat team is investigating the crime scene.