Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Suspicious package headed to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters intercepted

Suspicious package headed to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters intercepted

Another suspicious package that was addressed to CNN has been intercepted at a post office facility in Atlanta, the news organization's President Jeff Zucker announced in a Twitter post on Monday.

According to a memo today to employees, "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".

The package appears identical to the other packages authorities say were sent by pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested on Friday.

One of the suspicious packages, with the name and address blanked out.

Sayoc, 56, is due to appear in federal court Monday afternoon for a hearing in Florida.

Turchie added that investigators were fortunate Sayoc had previously been arrested and, therefore, had fingerprints in the system.

President Donald Trump on October 26. praised law enforcement efforts to capture the suspect. Two in the previous batch directed to CNN, one of which sparked an evacuation of the organization's office in NY. The post office was evacuated and surrounding streets in downtown Atlanta were shut down.

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It's unclear whether Sayoc is suspected to be responsible for the most recent suspicious package sent to CNN.

Authorities have intercepted a third suspicious package sent to CNN - this time to the network's headquarters in Atlanta, it was revealed Monday. Atlanta Police could not immediately confirm the report.

The FBI did not identify to whom the package was addressed.

The charges include interstate transportation and illegal mailing of explosives, threatening a former president, making threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers.

Sayoc is being prosecuted in NY, so his Florida hearing will likely be brief and process-oriented.

The news network said FBI is investigating the package.

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