Update, Oct. 26, 2018, 4:40 p.m.: This fact check has been updated with up-to-date information surrounding the ongoing events. The new information supports the original rating.
A Facebook page, with more than 2 million followers, posted Wednesday that the device sent to CNN this week did not have a “cancellation mark” from the U.S. Post Office, and is thus part of some conspiracy “to make Trump supporters look like terrorists.”
The comments to this post are riddled with enough filth (“Welll...if it went off.....someone would have been my hero”) and crazed theories such that TWS Fact Check’s lack of faith in humanity has been fully restored.
Initial reports indicated that the package was delivered to CNN via courier. However, when the arrest of Caesar Sayoc was announced, officials revealed:
The package addressed to Brennan traveled through the U.S. mail system, two officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News. It arrived at the Radio City post office in midtown Manhattan where it was picked up per normal procedure by a private courier who delivers the mail to the CNN office and other locations, the officials said.
NBC News reported the two packages addressed to Joe Biden were both discovered at postal facilities: “One package addressed to Biden was discovered at a postal facility in New Castle, Delaware, and another was found at a postal facility in Wilmington, Delaware, officials said.”
Conspiracy theorists used the premise that these packages were not mailed to insinuate that the bombs are part of one big Democrat-led plot. That is absolute bunk. Suggesting that CNN sent the package to itself (as some commenters posited) is pure fiction given that at the time law enforcement sources said it was delivered via courier.
Federal authorities also initially believed the package delivered to George Soros was—like the package to CNN—hand-delivered and not sent through the USPS, the New York Times reported at the time. That was also later proved to be incorrect; the package was sent through the USPS.
Lastly, the premise that if a stamp is not canceled it was therefore not mailed through the USPS is incorrect. As the executive director of the American Philatelic Society, Scott English, tells TWS Fact Check, “It is possible for mail to go through the mail without being cancelled by the USPS. … There are still hand-stamped packages and in other cases, a postal clerk will use a magic marker to draw a line through stamps. There is no standard throughout the country.”
On all sides this Democrat-connivance theory holds no water.
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