The NYT Gets A Powder-Filled Envelope
“We’re not saying that those crazy “conservatives” did it. We’re just throwing the idea out there:”
The New York Times said on Friday it had received in its mailroom an envelope containing white powder, raising fears of a possible recurrence of anthrax-tainted letters sent to newsrooms and other offices in late 2001.
“At about 12:30 p.m. (1630 GMT) this afternoon … an employee opened an envelope that contained a white powdery substance. The envelope was handwritten and addressed to the New York Times, not to any individual. The postmark was from Philadelphia with no return address,” said Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis.
Emergency vehicles and an ambulance were parked outside the newspaper’s offices on 43rd Street. The New York Police Department confirmed it was investigating the incident.
Conservatives have criticized the Times in recent weeks for writing about the Bush administration’s covert efforts to stamp out terrorism financing.
This week protesters rallied outside the newspaper to object to its decision to publish details about terrorism financing and secret government programs to monitor phone conversations of U.S. citizens. (my emphasis)
Come on. It’s just a little curious, right?