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Rep. Mike Rogers, R-MI, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, commented in response to those threats in an interview with CNN that aired Sunday.
“We don’t seem to be getting all of the information we need to protect our athletes in the games,” Rogers said. “They’re not giving us the full story about what are the threat streams, who do we need to worry about, are those groups — the terrorist groups who have had some success — are they still plotting?”
"I think they think this is a politically embarrassing situation for them — they're not going to share," Rogers continued. "That's really the wrong attitude when you're talking about an international event in a place where we've seen successful and targeted events."
In an interview Sunday on ABC, Putin reassured fans and athletes there was no need to worry about security in Sochi. “We have adequate means available to us” to protect against terrorist threats around the country during the Olympics, he said.
“We will try to make sure that security measures are not in-your-face, do not pressure the athletes and visitors or reporters. At the same time, we’ll do everything within our power to make sure those efforts are effective,” he added.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-TX, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, was dispatched by the U.S. to assess that claim.
“We have 15,000 Americans traveling to Sochi for the Olympics. And I want to do everything I can to make sure it’s a safe and successful Olympics,” McCaul said on ABC’s This Week from Moscow, where he will meet with the Russian government this week.
McCaul and others are particularly concerned that an evacuation of American citizens from Sochi in the event of an attack would be arduous given that Russian officials have historically been reluctant to allow foreign military forces, especially those of the U.S., on Russian soil.
"No matter what happens," the Russians "are not going to welcome with open arms" any intervention by outsiders, even in a situation where outsiders might only be seeking to rescue their own citizens, an anonymous source with the Obama administration told Reuters on Monday.
The State Department has warned Americans planning to attend the games to be vigilant about their security because of potential terrorist threats.
Senator Angus King, I-ME, told CNN he did not think the games would be safe enough for him or his relatives to attend.
"I would not go. And I don't think I would send my family," King said. “I don't know how you put a percentage on it, but it's just such a rich target in an area of the world that has — you know, they've almost broadcast that they're going to try to do something there."
King isn’t alone: Ticket sales for Sochi have been lagging. Whereas tickets for the Olympics usually sell out months in advance, plenty are still available for the upcoming games.
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