Suspected explosive devices were sent to former US President Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the US Secret Service revealed.The Secret Service in Washington D.C. have found an explosive device near Hillary and Bill Clinton’s suburban New York home, while another device addressed to former President Obama has been intercepted.
The bomb addressed to Hillary Clinton was discovered late Tuesday within the vicinity of her home in Chappaqua. While the bomb sent to Obama’s office in Washington was found Wednesday morning. Both the packages were discovered during routine mail screenings for the Clintons and Obama.
BBC reports that the devices were discovered by technicians who screen mail sent to the former US officials. The Time Warner building in New York was also evacuated due to a package. CNN, which is located in the Time Warner building, evacuated its newsroom over the incident, CNN president Jeff Zucker confirmed in a statement.
Mr Zucker said the suspicious package was discovered in the building’s mailroom, and that the office was evacuated “out of a complete abundance of caution”.
The Secret Service said the packages were immediately identified as potential explosive devices and were handled as such. They said the packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to Clinton and Obama.
US Secret Service statement said:
“Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC,” the statement adds.
“Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”
According to BBC, spokeswoman for Mr Obama declined to comment on the incident, and referred reporters to the Secret Service statement.
The package sent to CNN appeared to have been addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, according to US media.
Mr Brennan, who is a frequent contributor to the network, has become a vocal critic of Mr Trump since leaving office.