All suspicious packages sent to former President Barack Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and billionaire George Soros had one thing in common. It was the return address of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in Sunrise.
One of the package sent to an incorrect address for Holder in Washington, D.C., was returned to Wasserman Schultz’s Sunrise office. It prompted the evacuation of her office on Wednesday morning. The return address had misspellings in the street name, Wasserman Schultz’s last name and the state of Florida.
A package which was addressed to Brennan and sent to CNN headquarters in New York had the same spelling errors as the package which was sent to Holder. Brennan does not work for CNN and is a contributor to MSNBC. According to law enforcement officials, the packages for Obama and Clinton also contained similar return addresses.
The phony return address might have been part of an effort to get the recipients or someone connected to open the packages, which contained explosive material, including white powder. A device which resembles a pipe bomb was attached to the envelope with the return address of Wasserman Schultz on it. All the packages were intercepted before delivery and none of them exploded. According to The New York Times, the one sent to Soros was deliberately detonated by police.
Sunrise police has confirmed that no one was harmed at Wasserman Schultz’s office on Wednesday and the package has been sent to the FBI for further investigation.
Wasserman Schultz has been a frequent lightning rod for attacks and conspiracy theories from the far right and far left due to her tenure as the Democratic National Committee chairwoman during the 2016 election.
She has been the subject of false attacks in the past and was even linked to the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich. She called this acquisition vile and disgusting.
The recipients of the suspicious packages have all been frequent targets of hateful rhetoric and conspiracy theories from far-right figures and trolls.