- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2014

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the level of security at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is “quite appropriate” and “very good” based on what she has seen and what she’s heard from athletes competing there.

Ms. Napolitano, who is heading up the United States delegation to the games, said that security is always an issue at such large events, whether it’s the Super Bowl or the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

“With respect to Sochi, we’ve been received well,” she said in an interview from Sochi that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Ms. Napolitano, now the president of the University of California, also said she hasn’t seen any signs that gay athletes have not been made to feel welcome despite Russia’s anti-gay laws, but that it is an area in which President Obama and the U.S. clearly have some disparities with Russia.