Local Politics

FBI Investigates Letter Sent to Edwards' Campaign Office

Posted March 20, 2007

— The FBI has launched an investigation into a letter mailed to John Edwards' presidential campaign office in Chapel Hill last week, authorities said Tuesday.

An envelope containing a white powder was sent to the campaign office last Wednesday, prompting officials to call for all campaign workers to evacuate.

White powder in letters has been associated with anthrax after an attack in 2001 killed five people and sickened 17. The substance was mailed to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and members of the news media in New York and Florida just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Tests at the State Laboratory for Public Health determined that the white powder didn't pose a health threat, so the campaign office reopened the following day.

The FBI investigation will focus primarily on the alleged use of weapons of mass destruction and hoax towards the Edwards office. The powder and the letter and envelope will be forwarded to the FBI lab in Quantico, Va., for further forensic testing.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the North Carolina FBI at 704-377-9200 or their nearest law enforcement office.


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  • independent_thinker Mar 21, 2007

    I think the offensive posts can be attributed to the type that disputes Evolution, Global Warming, and the Big-Bang...

  • mvnull Mar 21, 2007

    I had never been able to understand Holocaust deniers or those who feel the US moon landing was faked. After reading these forums for a week, I now know.

  • El Doggo Mar 21, 2007

    Kerry who???

  • the original Milky Mar 20, 2007

    If this letter were sent to Senator Sam Brownback I wouldn't give a flip about that either. And Brownback is Edwards' Republican equal as far as chances to win are concerned. If Kerry hadn't tucked Edwards under his wing Johny would be the invisible man. Just another who-the-heck-is-that guy. Lots of things are illegal and morally wrong, but, this conversation concerens politicians.

  • katgoesloco Mar 20, 2007

    If this were a Republican candidate the people posting here would be freaking out.

    Get a grip, people. It's illegal and morally wrong to send threats through the mail. As Gnathostomata and wildman say, it doesn't matter who is receiving the mail.

    Threats like this are wrong, period.

  • the original Milky Mar 20, 2007

    Edwards would love to believe that he has enemies of that caliber. Besides this media outlet and maybe a couple more in our state, his candicy taken seriously by no-one. If the powder was actually sent maliciously and not as a publicity plot, it was just a local kook with an over active imagination and a tin foil hat. Don't kid yourself Jonny, you have to actually DO SOMETHING to have enemies that would waste their anthrax on you.

  • El Doggo Mar 20, 2007

    Lets see what he can milk this event for????

  • jmurach Mar 20, 2007

    Agreed, we must unite for our values and stand together for free speech and elections or morons like this will be running our country. Must have been his snuff

  • Trooper Mar 20, 2007

    I wouldn't be suprised if Edwards didn't have it done by someone since he is such a publicity hound, I think we should pass a law that you can only campaign in the year of the election. Looking at Edwards for two year I would rather watch dog meat decompose.

  • Wildman Mar 20, 2007


    agreed...I can't stand Edwards....but this kind of behavior is just plain idiotic....probably scared innocent people have to death.....whatever moron did this is about to have his little funny blow up in his face...I hope the feds catch him...what a moron