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What we know about the suspicious packages sent around the US

Time Warner Center Evacuated
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The Time Warner Center, where CNN studios are located, was evacuated this morning after reports of a suspicious package.
By Jane C. Hu
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Suspicious packages have been sent to multiple locations.

This morning, the Secret Service intercepted suspicious packages sent to the homes of Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York, and Barack Obama in Washington, DC.

Shortly after the Clinton and Obama news broke, CNN reported that a suspicious device had been found in Time Warner Center in New York, where the news company’s offices are. The package was addressed to John Brennan, former CIA Director, in care of CNN. (Brennan is a contributor to MSNBC, which is owned by Comcast.) The building has been evacuated.

Another package was sent to the Florida office of Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, though the package was addressed to former attorney general Eric Holder. It’s not yet clear whether the Florida package is connected to the others.

A package was also sent to the San Diego Tribune, which shares its offices with an office used by California senator Kamala Harris’s staffers. The Tribune reported that police found that the package contained “one shoe, two children’s books, one football, one empty bag of chips and one hat.”

Law enforcement officials have also connected a similar package sent Monday to the home of philanthropist George Soros in Westchester county to the Obama, Clinton and CNN mailings.

Despite early reports, there has not been a package sent to the White House.

Initially, CNN reported that a package had also been sent to the White House, but the Secret Service said no package had been found there.

Intercepted packages each contain a similar pipe bomb device.

The packages have been described as a “rudimentary but functional” pipe bomb-like device containing explosive powder and projectiles like shards of glass.

No motive has emerged yet.

A motive is so far unclear, though there’s plenty of unofficial speculation about how targets are prominent Democrats and media companies.

We’ll update this article as more information emerges.

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