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Suspicious package reportedly matching earlier mail bombs was sent to CNN headquarters in Atlanta

A suspicious package addressed to CNN was intercepted on Monday by a post office in Atlanta. The package appears to be identical to the ones sent last week to several prominent Democratic leaders. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A post office in Atlanta intercepted a suspicious package on Monday addressed to CNN headquarters.

CNN obtained a photo of the package, which appears to be identical to the ones sent last week to several prominent Democratic leaders and CNN's New York offices.

What are the details?

CNN President Jeff Zucker sent a memo to staffers in which he assured them that “[t]here is no imminent danger to the CNN Center.”

Two earlier bombs were also sent to CNN in the past week. The first had been addressed to former CIA director John Brennan and arrived on Wednesday. Brennan is an MSNBC contributor.

Another suspicious package addressed to  CNN and James Clapper, former President Barack Obama's director of National Intelligence, was discovered at a post office on Friday.

“All mail, at all CNN domestic bureaus, is being screened at off-site facilities as of last Wednesday, so this package would NOT have come directly to the CNN Center, even if it hadn't been intercepted first,” Zucker said in the memo, according to CNN. “Our screening process is working and we will keep you updated as we learn more.”

What else?

Suspicious packages matching these three were also sent to former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, billionaire and liberal donor George Soros, billionaire and liberal donor Tom Steyer, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif), and actor Robert De Niro. All these packages had former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Florida office as their return address. The package addressed to Holder had the wrong address and was “returned” to Schultz's office.

At least some of these bombs were not capable of exploding because of flaws in their design. FBI Director Christopher Wray has insisted that these pipe bombs were “not hoax devices.”

On Friday, law enforcement arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc and charged him with five federal crimes: interstate transportation of explosives, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and other persons, threatening communications, and assaulting current and former federal officers.

Sayoc had a criminal record. If convicted, he could face up to 58 years in prison. He is due in court on Monday.

 

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