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FBI Confirms Similarities Between Suspicious Packages

As of early Wednesday afternoon, a total of six suspicious packages had been found.
Posted at 8:46 PM, Oct 24, 2018

The FBI has confirmed that five suspicious packages mailed to prominent Democratic figures over the last two days all shared distinguishing characteristics.

According to the bureau, the packages were all mailed in manila envelopes and named U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the return address. The packages were addressed to George Soros, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Attorney General Eric Holder. 

One was sent to CNN's building in New York City and addressed to Brennan. The package for Holder was found outside the Miami area office of Rep. Wasserman Schultz, apparently because it was incorrectly addressed. A sixth package, which was not mentioned in the FBI's most recent statement, was addressed to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and reportedly intercepted before getting to Capitol Hill.

The FBI statement says all five of the packages it listed contained "potentially destructive devices," but it's unclear if the Waters package did as well.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office also received a suspicious package Wednesday, but NYPD later said it was unrelated to the others and not dangerous. Cuomo also announced he would deploy National Guard soldiers to key areas in New York City as a precaution.

The obvious link between all the people targeted is political: All the current and former lawmakers are Democrats, and Brennan and Holder both worked for President Obama. Soros is a political activist who frequently donates to Democratic causes and candidates. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN