Embassy Responds to Bomb Scare
Published: Friday, December 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, December 22, 2013 21:12
Police responded to a bomb threat at the Swedish Embassy in the Georgetown neighborhood Thursday afternoon.
According to WTOP 103.5 FM, a message was left at the embassy switchboard at about 3:30 p.m. claiming there was an explosive device in the house, located at 2900 K St.
The Metropolitan Police Department and Secret Service proceeded to divert traffic and evacuate buildings in the area.
According to WTOP, D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier said officers cleared the scene before 6 p.m. The cause of the threat remains unclear.
International transparency organization WikiLeaks tweeted that the threat was tied to its founder Julian Assange, who is currently fighting extradition to Sweden.
“Swedish press are reporting that the embassy in Washington has been evacuated over [an] Assange-related bomb threat,” the tweet, published around 5 p.m., read.
While Rock Creek Parkway reopened before 7 p.m., traffic has remained delayed in the area.