UPDATE: Authorities said Friday there was no link between a letter sent to several members of Congress that read “We did it” and the bombing of a military recruiting center in New York City’s Times Square.
The person who wrote the letter is an anti-war activist and has been questioned in the Los Angeles area, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. The man sent up to 100 letters to various people in Congress and even mailed a photo of a man standing in front of the Times Square office.
“It was just an incredibly unbelievable coincidence,” said one of the law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation in New York is continuing.
Authorities on Thursday questioned the Los Angeles area man who sent the letters, but found his mailings to be unrelated to the bombing and did not expect to bring any charges, the officials said.
Eight House Democrats were mailed the letter and photo of a Times Square recruiting station in Manhattan before it was bombed this morning, according to House insiders.
A law enforcement official said police are investigating letters sent to Capitol Hill offices showing pictures of the recruiting station. According to the official, who was briefed on the investigation, the letters included words to the effect of, “We did it.” The official did not know which offices received the letters.
The letter did not contain any specific threats against the lawmakers or the site, but the U.S. Capitol Police and FBI are now investigating the matter.
It was unclear which lawmakers received the letters or when, but House aides confirmed they were all Democrats.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of an e-mail from the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to other lawmakers Thursday that reads:
“A few offices on the House side have received a letter today addressed to ‘Members of Congress’ with a picture of a man standing in front of the Times Square recruiting station that was bombed in New York today with the statement ‘We did it.’ He is standing in front of it with his arms spread out and he’s attached his political manifesto.”
The e-mail advised recipients to leave the letters alone and call police.
Investigators Look For Possible Link To Canadian Border Incident
UPDATE:WNBC.com has learned NYPD, Homeland Security and FBI officials are now revisiting an incident that occurred along the Canadian border last month, concerned there might be a possible connection to the Times Square explosion.
Four men trying to cross the border attempted to flee the checkpoint as Canadian officials tried to question them, investigators said.
Two of the men got away, officials said. The men left behind a backpack with photos of various New York City locations including Times Square, according to sources speaking on condition of anonymity. One of the photos included the military recruitment center, officials said. As a precaution, NYPD outreach officers last month went to various New York City businesses, including the Times Square military recruitment center, to investigate if there had been any specific threats. No threat information was known at the time, a law enforcement source said.
But after Thursday mornings explosion, FBI, NYPD and Homeland Security officials are reaching out to Canadian authorities to try to learn more about the men who were at the border crossing last month.
One law enforcement official described two of the men are believed to be “anarchist-types.” He stressed as of now there is nothing to link the men to Thursday’s explosion. But it is a prudent to follow this possible lead, he said.