Sputnik reports today the suspect in reported ricin mailings to Trump, Mattis, Cruz, and others is a former Navy sailor.
A former US Navy serviceman is suspected of sending packages with ricin, Fox News reported, citing officials. According to the media, the packages, at least two of which tested positive for ricin, were sent to the Pentagon, the White House and Senator Ted Cruz’s office in Texas this week. The media claims that this was part of a coordinated effort.
How did the feds find this guy so fast? If we can believe news reports, he included a return address on the envelopes sent.
As the officials specified to the media, one of the envelopes, addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis or the Navy’s top officer, Admiral John Richardson, included a return address, which led investigators to believe that it came from a sailor, whose name has not been disclosed.
Here we have a suspect that is so careless or stupid he or she included a return address, and yet this person was capable of making ricin from castor beans. There are dozens of recipes for ricin extraction from castor beans on the internet. I don’t know how effective these are, or if a person who stupidly puts his return address on an envelope in multiple attempted homicides is capable of following simple instructions.
Chemists disagree with this. They say a process called chromatography—the separation of a mixture—is required to produce a purified form of ricin. “However, the training required to purify ricin to a level at which it becomes a serious threat is not easily mastered,” notes GlobalSecurity.
Update: the envelopes did not contain ricin, merely castor beans. As usual, the corporate media blew this one way out of proportion, but what else is new?
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon spokeswoman says the suspicious substance found in envelopes turned over to the FBI contained the substance from which the poison ricin is derived, but not ricin itself.
Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, told reporters traveling with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Brussels that the substance was castor seeds.
On Tuesday, Pentagon officials said two envelopes that had been suspected of containing ricin were isolated at a Pentagon mail screening facility, then sent to the FBI. They said one envelope was addressed to Mattis, the other to the chief of the U.S. Navy, Adm. John Richardson. No one was injured.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if castor seeds are swallowed the released ricin can cause injury.