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Letter Addressed To Senator Patrick J. Leahy Appears To Contain Anthrax

Washington, D.C. November 17, 2001
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FBI and U.S. Postal Service investigators examining sequestered Congressional mail have found another letter which appears to contain anthrax. The as yet unopened letter, addressed to Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, has an October 9, 2001, Trenton, New Jersey, postmark and appears in every respect to be similar to the other anthrax-laced letters.

The letter was located in one of more than 250 barrels of unopened mail sent to Capitol Hill and held since the discovery of an anthrax letter to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on October 15. Hazardous materials experts began the process of sorting the quarantined Congressional mail earlier this week at a facility in Northern Virginia.

Further testing will be conducted in an effort to confirm the presence of anthrax and examine its contents to compare it with that found in the other letters.