1. SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police:
"As you all know, a number of suspicious packages have been recovered on the East Coast. The packages appear to contain explosive devices. The devices are currently being analyzed to determine if in fact they are inert or explosive. It's believed from a preliminary review that they are explosive in nature. Two of those packages were addressed to Secret Service protectees. One was addressed to former First Lady Hillary Clinton in New York, and one was addressed to former President Barack Obama. That was intercepted here in The District. The package was found at a screening facility located in Washington D.C. The package was immediately identified during the screening procedure and it never made it to its intended location. We will obviously be working with our federal partners at the FBI and the Secret Service to find those that are responsible for mailing those packages. I will say and you will hear other law enforcement officials say that we will not let this type of terroristic behavior interrupt our lives and we are going to do everything we possibly can to ensure that there is a swift closure in this case."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Chief Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police:
"The federal agencies have told us that they intend on releasing images to help people help identify potential packages that are similar in nature. That should be coming a little bit later today."
The police chief of Washington, D.C. says an explosive package addressed to former President Barack Obama was intercepted at a mail screening facility.
Crude pipe bombs targeting Hillary Clinton, Obama, CNN and others were intercepted Tuesday night and Wednesday in a rash of attacks aimed at prominent Democrats and a cable news network often criticized by political conservatives.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his office received a similar package, and the FBI said Florida Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz did, too, possibly addressed with a mistake, and then sent to her as the return addressee.
A similar device was found Monday at the New York compound of liberal billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes.
There were no explosions and no reports of injuries.
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