- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2014

FBI Director James Comey is sending dozens of agents and specialists to Russia ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, in efforts to prevent any possible terror threats.

He told reporters that though the FBI is willing to help with security, safety at the Games is ultimately Russia’s responsibility, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“I think the Russian government understands the threat and is devoting the resources to address it,” he said. “I know that we have been in regular communication, including me personally, with their security organizations to make sure we are coordinating well, and I think that we are.”

About two dozen FBI personnel will be based in Moscow, and another dozen or so in Sochi, the Journal reported.

Mr. Comey said the goal of stationing these agents is “to make sure the channel is open — they need to know something that might be responsive to a threat, that we’re there to be able to respond very quickly.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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