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There was a Cold War chill in the air Sunday as members of Congress raised questions about safety at the Sochi Olympics and then suggested Russia may have been involved in the leaking of sensitive intelligence data.
“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.”
“I believe there’s a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an FSB agent in Moscow,” said the Michigan Republican on CBS’s “Meet the Press,” adding, “I believe there’s questions to be answered there. I don’t think it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB.”
“I do believe that the Russian government needs to be more cooperative with the United States when it comes to the security of the games. We have found a departure of cooperation that’s very concerning to me,” said Mr. Rogers on “State of the Union.”
The skepticism on the part of U.S. lawmakers comes as recent bombings in Russia have raised questions about Russian security preparations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” brushed aside such concerns, saying that some 40,000 law-enforcement personnel will be deployed during the Winter Games.
He said Russian security forces have a “clear understanding of on-the-ground situation that is evolving around Sochi and, overall, in this whole region.”
“We’ll definitely take advantage of all the experience amassed in conducting similar events in other parts of the world and in other countries,” said Mr. Putin. “That means that we’ll protect the air space and the marine water area and the mountainous cluster.”
Concerns over terrorism have prompted the State Department to issue a travel advisory for those planning to attend the Sochi games. Some athletes have prepared by hiring private security teams and setting up their own evacuation plans.
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