Cyanide secretly sneaks into White House


A letter containing cyanide was received by an intercept at the White House on March 18th. Tests identified that the milky substance in the letter was indeed cyanide. The man who sent the letter has had several run-ins with the Secret Service since the 1990s. Photo courtesy of MCT Photo.

Luke Tenbarge, Staff Writer

A letter containing a substance that has been identified as cyanide was mailed to the White House. The mailer has had several run-ins with the Secret Service before.

“The security at the White House is really strict and I think that is a good thing because if this letter made it to the White House staff or to the president they could have been injured,” freshman Hajime Minoguchi said.

The envelope had a vial inside that was described as containing a ‘milky substance’. The substance tested positive for cyanide and was then mailed to a lab where it was confirmed.

“An envelope containing an unknown milky substance, in a container wrapped in a plastic bag, received at the White House Mail Screening Facility, tested positive for cyanide,” an alert from the White House read.

The man who resides at the return address has been noted by the secret service several times since the 1990s. He has sent several letters to the White House including one covered in feces and urine.

“I think that this is kind of silly because the person who sent it must have expected that the president or somebody would have actually consumed the cyanide,” sophomore Matthew Schuetz said.