Sweden: US embassy evacuated over letter

2012-10-17 14:51

Stockholm - The staff of the US embassy in the Swedish capital have evacuated the building after a suspect letter was found and police are investigating, police and the embassy said on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the fire service said she had been told by police that a white powder had leaked out in the building, but neither she nor the police had further details.

Spokesperson Jeff Anderson said essential staff had left the building while police investigated.

"We are looking into a possible security incident," he added. About 150 people were employed at the embassy, but not all were working at the time of the incident, he added.

Stockholm police said in a statement on its website that a letter with unknown content had come to the embassy.

Police and fire service staff had gone into the embassy to take charge of the letter, a police spokesperson said.

"Rescue service and police personnel are on the spot and are co-operating with embassy staff," the statement added.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-17 15:47

    It must be tough having to look over your shoulder all the time. This is what imperialism bequeaths!

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-17 15:53

      No, its Sweden, you troll bad...... 1/10 ,try harder.

      LynneOeschger - 2012-10-17 16:57

      Imperialism: the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies. 2. advocacy of imperial interests. 3. an imperial system of government. 4. imperial government. 5. British . the policy of so uniting the separate parts of an empire with separate governments as to secure for certain purposes a single state. Explain to me how America is imperialist? You really need to stop using Mugabe catch-phrases. America is an ex-colony you twit.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-18 00:20

      Just because apartheid education system abstained from educating its youth about the concept of empire, I will offer some insights. An empire is different from a single state. An empire has a motherland, and hinterlands which serve the motherland. That service usually benefits the motherland often to the detriment of the hinterlands. Empires dont have to be run by a ruler who officially crowns himself 'emperor'. By inheriting dominance over the colonies created by the European imperialists, such as the entire Middle East (itself a term coined by British imperialists), America has also inherited the risks involved in maintaining nation states which are largely deemed illegitimate by their own people. Thus, America is in a position to sustain that which a growing number of people deem either unsustainable or unworthy of sustaining. The United States maintains 300,000 troops abroad at 761 sites in 39 foreign countries (sounds familiar). Don't be fooled by the definition in the dictionary!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-18 10:21

      Oh by the way, it's called neo imperialism, i.e. imperialism sub-contracted!

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-18 00:37

    Well said Fidel!I applaud you!

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