Suspicious packages intended for Booker, Clapper found

An initially innocuous package left in the mailbox of George Soros on Monday started off a week that ended with a manhunt and an arrest, after at least 13 different, crudely constructed pipe bombs were addressed to prominent Democrats, to CNN and to high-profile critics of President Donald Trump.

Details suggested a pattern - that the items were packaged in manila envelopes, addressed to prominent Trump critics and carried United States postage stamps.

Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged like booby-trapped package bombs that would explode upon opening.

According to CNN, the package bearing Clapper's name was addressed to CNN's NY offices - Clapper is a contributor to the cable news network - and found at a Midtown Manhattan United States Postal Service facility. Electrical wires leading out of the pipe led to an electric timer taped to the pipe, according to law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.

The next day, a third package was found addressed to former President Barack Obama.

William F. Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI New York field office, asked people to remain vigilant, warning that more devices "have been or could be mailed".

"We are treating them as live devices", said O'Neill, urging people not to touch packages they deem suspicious. The devices were being examined by technicians at the FBI's forensic lab in Quantico, Virginia. Even with the sender still unknown, politicians from both parties used the threats to decry a toxic political climate and lay blame. "It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description".

The building, home to CNN's NY headquarters, was the target of a separate bomb threat on Wednesday.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan - a critic of Trump - was scheduled to appear on the network.

The bombs seized Wednesday were about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long and packed with powder and broken glass, according to a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images.

"We are responding to a report of a suspicious package in the vicinity of West 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, #Manhattan", the New York City Police Department said Friday in a tweeted statement. On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said three suspected pipe bombs were found - one in actor Robert De Niro's Manhattan office, and two in mail facilities in Delaware addressed to former vice president Joe Biden. At the NY briefing, authorities confirmed that at least some of the packages were distributed through the US mail, and cautioned that there could be additional devices in the postal system.

The FBI said the packages found so far had shared characteristics, including manila envelopes with bubble-wrapped interiors.

The first was a fake bomb addressed to George Soros at his NY home on October 22.

Two packages were sent both to Waters and Biden.

The authorities believe the packages, which were intercepted before reaching their intended recipients, all went through the US Postal Service at some point, a source said. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's address - in Sunrise, Florida - as the return address.

Two more suspicious packages have been intercepted this morning, one in NY, and one in Florida.

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