US authorities intercepted two potentially explosive packages for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on 23 and 24 October, two days after a home-made bomb was found at the financier George Soros, deemed close to Democrats.
The package for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was intercepted during a routine audit on Tuesday night, the federal service responsible for protecting former presidents and their families said in a statement. The one for former Democratic President Barack Obama was intercepted Wednesday morning.
Both packages were identified as containing “potential explosive devices” and did not reach their intended recipients, said the Secret Service, which speaks of “rudimentary but in good working condition” despite everything.
The New York office of the Federal Police (FBI) has confirmed that it is investigating “a suspicious package found in the vicinity of the Clinton residence”, located in Chappaqua, about 50 kilometers north of New York City, without giving more information. details.
CNN premises evacuated
Meanwhile, the CNN headquarters in New York City, located in the Time Warner building in the heart of Manhattan, was evacuated after information on a suspicious package, the channel said. This parcel continued pipes and electrical wires and was actually sent via CNN to John Brennan, a former CIA director who was very critical of Trump and a former Obama administration security advisor.
This gave rise to a surprising scene, our correspondent in New York, Gregoire Pourtier. A powerful evacuation alarm sounded in full direct, a page of advertising was hurriedly launched and the program then resumed with the means of the edge, by telephone and from the street, in the confusion.
Several elected officials
Police in Sunrise, Florida, have also announced they are investigating the discovery of a suspicious package near the office of US Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair of the Democratic Party’s National Committee. The MP resigned in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign, suspected of favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries.
But this wave of suspicious packages does not stop there. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said a suspicious machine was sent to his New York office.
George Soros already threatened
The interception of these packages also comes two days after a homemade bomb was found at the residence of financier George Soros, located about fifteen kilometers from the Clinton. But according to one official, the explosive devices for Clinton and Barack Obama are “similar” to the one sent to the billionaire, become the scapegoat of nationalists and conspirators in Europe and the United States.
The FBI is also investigating the case, but no one has been arrested yet. Police sources quoted by the US media said the package was apparently placed in the mailbox, not mailed.
The White House quickly condemned Wednesday the “terrifying acts” and “despicable” targeting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. “Their officials will be held accountable in court,” said Sarah Sanders, spokesman for the US president. The official stressed that the police would take all necessary measures to protect anyone threatened by “these cowards”.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell denounced “acts of domestic terrorism”. The mayor of New York pointed to “a desire to terrorize”. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, spoke of a “disturbing period” and a “period of deep divisions”.