An envelope which contained one of the explosive devices. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
A package similar in appearance to the ones sent by alleged pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc was intercepted earlier this morning en route to CNN’s worldwide headquarters in Atlanta. Sayoc is accused of sending non-functioning pipe bombs to at least a dozen high-profile Democratic leaders and media figures.
The Atlanta Police responded to the call regarding the suspicious package today at 9:38 a.m., a police spokesperson told Atlanta Loop. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is taking the lead on the incident.
When reached for comment, an FBI spokesperson said no further information was available at this time, beyond the bureau’s initial statement which only confirms the package was recovered, and it was similar in appearance to the others.
The package “was intercepted at an Atlanta post office,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a memo to staffers the international news network reports. “There is no imminent danger to the CNN Center.”
This is the third package which has been sent to CNN in a week’s time. The first arrived at the network’s New York office Wednesday morning, and the second was found Friday morning by post office workers addressed to the same location, CNN reports.
Many are linking President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric – particularly the way he speaks about the media – to the attacks, which appear to be politically motivated. The alleged bomber, Ceaser Sayoc, is reportedly obsessed with the president and right-wing conspiracy theories, The Washington Post and others report.
This story will be updated if new information arises.