The FBI is investigating anonymous threats against Goldman Sachs, the world’s biggest securities firm with $37 billion in revenue and a profit of $9.5 billion last year. The handwritten letters, which were mailed from Queens, N.Y. to newspapers nationwide at the end of last month, read: “GOLDMAN SACHS. HUNDREDS WILL DIE. WE ARE INSIDE. YOU CANNOT STOP US. A.Q.U.S.A.” Reuters hypothesizes that the signature, “A.Q.U.S.A.,” may refer to Al Qaeda.
The Associated Press reports that FBI spokesman Bill Carter has implied that the threats do not seem sincere, saying, “We have no specific and credible information about a credible threat to Goldman Sachs other than these letters.” Still, after last week’s incidents in London and Glasgow, such a threat is especially germane. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs issued a statement today saying, “We have a broad range of security measures in place to counter all likely threats and we’re monitoring the situation closely.” Below is a memo sent by Goldman Sachs to its employees:
“The firm is aware that a number of local newspapers in a few places in the U.S. have received anonymous letters threatening the firm. We take any threat to the safety of our people and our business very seriously. The Office of Global Security has consulted the FBI and other relevant authorities. Authorities have informed us that they believe the threat to be of low credibility. Nevertheless, they have mounted an active investigation to try to determine the source of the letters. We have a broad range of security measures in place to counter all likely threats and we continue to monitor this situation closely. We do not view this situation as a cause for concern.”
When contacted for comment, one employee dutifully answered, “We are not allowed to give quotes to newspapers, etc., about anything here.”
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