- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sen. Angus King said Sunday the threat of a terror attack at the Sochi Olympics in Russia is high enough that he wouldn’t want his family to attend the Games.

“I would not go, and I don’t think I would send my family,” the Maine independent said in an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s just such a rich target.”

The first-term senator, who serves on the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, said terrorists have “almost broadcast that they’re going to try to do something there.”

Appearing earlier on the same program, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers also expressed concerns about security at the Olympics, which begin Feb. 7.

“I am very concerned,” the Michigan Republican said. “The Russian government needs to be more cooperative with the United States when it comes to the security of the Games.”

The skepticism on the part of U.S. lawmakers comes as recent bombings in Russia have raised questions about Russian security preparations.


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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” brushed aside the questions, assuring that the security surrounding the Games will be stringent.

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