Police responded to The New York Times headquarters on Monday night after a caller reported what appeared to be a suspicious package.
An employee in the mailroom discovered a suspicious envelope in the newsroom mailbox, The Times corporate communications office wrote in a note to employees Monday night.
The New York Police Department responded and removed the envelope from the building for further testing.
“The police have now told us that the package contained only papers and was harmless,” The Times told employees in the note obtained by The Hill.
Police activity outside @NYTimes building in Midtown Manhattan after a report of a suspicious package. We haven’t been evacuated though, and there doesn’t seem to be much activity in the lobby either pic.twitter.com/xrJkOYTvee
— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) October 30, 2018
The Times was notified by the FBI earlier Monday that an editor was on a list of potential targets regarding “last week’s rash of suspicious packages.”
Florida man Cesar Sayoc Jr., has been charged with sending 14 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and CNN wrapped in manila envelopes with flag stamps.
He reportedly had a list of more than 100 people he planned to target.
He allegedly mailed explosive devices to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, and progressive donor George Soros, among others.
— David Enrich (@davidenrich) October 30, 2018
None of the devices ever denoted and no injuries were reported in connection to the packages.
Sayoc also allegedly sent a bomb to CNN’s offices in New York City, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who is a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.
A second suspicious package addressed to CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta was intercepted at a post office nearby on Monday morning.
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