The New York Police Department is investigating a suspicious package found Friday in midtown Manhattan and addressed specifically to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Justice Department officials confirmed that a man was arrested in connection with the spree of suspicious packages. They will hold a press conference at 2:30 Friday afternoon.
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Multiple news broadcasts are currently showing federal authorities in South Florida collecting a white van, after the DOJ confirmed the suspect was in custody.
NYPD Commissioner of Intel and Counterterrorism John Miller confirmed the package is connected to the 11 others found across the East Coast and Los Angeles.
“Inside, they saw what appears to be a pipe bomb consistent with other devices we’ve seen this week, contained in a package consistent with the packages we’ve seen this week,” he said.
The package addressed to Mr. Clapper was removed from the city and will be transferred to the FBI facility in Virginia, where the other devices are being inspected.
A photo of the package aired on CNN and showed it was addressed specifically to Mr. Clapper, who is a CNN contributor.
It had the same return address, a local Florida office for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, as several other packages.
“I’m really not surprised,” Mr. Clapper told CNN, “This is definitely domestic terrorism. There’s no doubt about that in my mind.”
The former top security official said he was relieved the package was not sent to his home, where his neighbors are collecting mail while he and his wife are out of town.
“This is not going to silence the administration’s critics,” Mr. Clapper said.
It is the second package addressed to CNN’s main offices in New York.
The first was found inside the building on Wednesday, specifically intended for former CIA Director John O. Brennan.
CNN President Jeff Tucker issued a statement Friday to employees assuring them that this new package would not have made it inside. All mail addressed to the New York offices is being inspected at offsite mail-screening facilities, he said.
“There is no imminent danger to the Time Warner Center,” Mr. Zucker said.
The announcement comes after several suspicious packages were sent to Democrats in New York, starting with a package delivered to billionaire George Soros’ home.
This package would bring the total up to 12.
The FBI confirmed an 11th package was found in Florida addressed to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.
• Jeff Mordock contributed to this report.
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