Wall Street Journal employees get white powder in mail

January 22nd, 2009 - 6:27 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Jan 22 (DPA) Executives at the Wall Street Journal’s New York office received more than a dozen envelopes containing an unidentified white powder, the newspaper reported Wednesday.Police were investigating whether the powder was hazardous.

The mail was addressed to executives at the Journal, which is published by News Corp’s Dow Jones & Co. At least 10 envelopes were being held in the building’s mail room, but three had already been distributed, the report said.

One floor, which is used by both executives and editorial page staff was evacuated, and all Journal employees were sent an email warning them not to open any post.

“While we don’t think there is cause for alarm at this time, we are asking everyone not to open any mail while we investigate,” Dow Jones vice president of communications Howard Hoffman said in an email.

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