Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 04081162 (posted Aug. 11, 2004)"
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Questions Taken at August 10, 2004 Daily Press Briefing
QUESTION: Sri Lanka. The embassy, apparently -- pardon?
QUESTION: Well -- but go. Good, take it -- take it, Matt.
QUESTION: No, it's all yours.
MR. ERELI: I'd be happy to yield to the Sri Lankan expert.
QUESTION: It's all yours.
MR. ERELI: Clamoring for news about Sri Lanka, are we?
QUESTION: Well, that's where we are. It's August.
MR. ERELI: What's -- and the question is?
QUESTION: Have you got a sample of the white powder that the embassy, perhaps, received in an envelope?
MR. ERELI: Testing is under -- let's start from the beginning. Today, in Colombo, the embassy received mail that may have been contaminated. The embassy closed, as a precautionary measure. Professional testing of the material in the mail is currently underway and I don't have any results to report for you from that testing and no decision has been made on when the embassy will reopen.
QUESTION: Did anybody get sick?
MR. ERELI: Not that I've been informed about.
QUESTION: (Inaudible) right that it was the white powder that was in an envelope?
MR. ERELI: My understanding it is -- it is -- my understanding is that it was unidentified white powder.