Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
A package containing a suspected explosive device that was sent to the CNN headquarters at the Time Warner Center in New York City on Wednesday was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, CNN’s Josh Campbell reports.
Breaking: The package containing a suspected explosive device sent to CNN’s NYC offices today was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, according to city and local law enforcement officials.
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) October 24, 2018
NEWS: Package sent to CNN in NY addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan per city and law enforcement officials, Brynn Gingras, Mary Anne Fox, and David Shortell report.
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 24, 2018
JOHN BRENNAN was target of explosive device mailed to CNN offices in NYC. He was CIA Director under Obama https://t.co/lDzJJVwseB
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) October 24, 2018
TMZ first reported the news. The New York Police Department urged Manhattan residents along W. 58th street to shelter in place following a series of disturbing reports involving suspected explosive devices.
#BREAKING: Potential explosive devices addressed to the Obamas and Clintons were intercepted by the Secret Service. https://t.co/mRSPiZ9YNc Here’s the full statement from the @SecretService. pic.twitter.com/YSQCwCsvuJ
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 24, 2018
In addition to the package sent to CNN, the Secret Service said Wednesday they intercepted “rudimentary” but “functional” explosive devices sent to the homes of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
In August, Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the former CIA director’s “lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets.”
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