U.S. Sends Over One Thousand Spies to the Rio Olympics
NBC News has confirmed that U.S. intelligence sent more than 1,000 spies to Olympic security in Rio as part of a highly classified effort to protect the 2016 Summer Games and American athletes and staff. In addition, more than a dozen highly trained Navy and Marine Corps commandos from the U.S. Special Operations Command are currently in Brazil and are working with the Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian Navy. A spokesman for National Intelligence Director James Clapper said this week, "U.S. intelligence agencies are working closely with Brazilian intelligence officials to support their efforts to identify and disrupt potential threats to the Olympic Games in Rio." Another U.S. intelligence official added, "U.S. intelligence cooperation with Brazil has been excellent since 9/11. We consider the Brazilians to be well-prepared and highly professional."
Hundreds of intelligence and law enforcement officers are descending on Rio to ensure security at the event.
Over 300 spies and Special Forces employees are currently operating on the ground in Rio, according to NBC, citing a classified US intelligence report. A larger group of over 800 intelligence analysts are operating from US soil monitoring the security situation in Brazil.
The units are compiled of members of all 17 US intelligence agencies, including the FBI, NSA, CIA and the armed forces. The teams are allegedly monitoring social media monitoring while also employing electronic eavesdropping.
While small groups of Marines and Navy special operators are currently stationed in Brazil, a larger number of troops are reportedly on standby in case the Games is targeted by a large-scale attack.