The Wall Street Journal: Ricin suspected in two letters sent to Pentagon; ‘suspicious envelope’ sent to White House

WASHINGTON — Two letters that arrived at a Pentagon distribution center have tested positive for the poison ricin and a “suspicious envelope” had been sent to the White House, defense officials and the Secret Service said Tuesday.

The letters sent to the Pentagon were addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, an official said.

It was unclear whether Mattis, who is traveling this week, and Richardson were notified about the letters.

The Secret Service confirmed Tuesday that it had intercepted an envelope on Oct. 1 that was addressed to President Donald Trump but didn’t comment on whether the envelope contained ricin or was related to the letters sent to the Pentagon.

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