Man arrested for allegedly sending Obama with HIV-infected blood
A Chicago man is in federal custody for allegedly mailing an envelope containing HIV-infected blood to then-President-elect Barack Obama, Fox News reported on Friday.
Court documents said Ethiopian refugee Saad Hussein sent an envelope addressed to “Barack Obama” to offices of the Illinois government in Springfield, just weeks before the Inauguration.
The envelope contained a note with reddish stains and an admission ticket for Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park.
According to court documents, Hussein told the FBI he has HIV, and intentionally cut his fingers so they would bleed on the letter.
Two similar envelopes were sent with Hussein’s name on them, including one to then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who now serves as Obama’s chief of staff, according to court records.
Hussein was arrested last month. He was charged with “knowingly” mailing letters “containing HIV-infected blood, with the intent to kill or injure another,” in violation of federal law. He is currently being detained in a Chicago correctional facility.