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Letter Threatening Colin Powell In State Department Anthrax Scare

White powder found in an envelope that sparked a brief anthrax scare at the US State Department this week was accompanied by a written threat to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, a senior department official said overnight.
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'Anthrax' letter had threat to Powell

From correspondents in Washington
August 21, 2003

THE white powder found in an envelope that sparked a brief anthrax scare at the US State Department this week was accompanied by a written threat to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, a senior department official said overnight.

Although laboratory tests later found the powder to be harmless, an investigation into the origin of the envelope, which was addressed to Powell, has been expanded because of the threat it contained, the official said.

"There was a threatening letter in the envelope," the official said on condition of anonymity. "It was a threat against the secretary. The investigation is continuing."

The official would not describe the nature of threat or link it specifically to the powder contained in the envelope but said it was being taken seriously.

The department receives numerous written threats addressed to Powell or other diplomats each year, but most are investigated in-house by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and usually dismissed as pranks, the official said.

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