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As first reported by Politico and other sources, Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) received a letter in the mail suspect to contain chemical traces of ricin. Veteran NBC newsman Tom Brokaw responds to the suspected incident on April 16, 2013, just moments after the report at the Easter Seals Advocacy Awards Red Carpet.. Brokaw himself was the victim of an attack by tainted mail in 2001 when he received a letter containing anthrax particles.