The U.S. offers security help in Rio

Analysts, law enforcement, special operations personnel make up about 1,000 spies providing security at the Rio Summer Olympic Games. There are also more than a dozen highly trained Navy and Marine Corps commandos from the U.S. Special Operations Command are in Brazil. They’re working with Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian Navy. Larger military units are on call in case a rescue or counter terrorism operation is needed.

This information came from a classified report that outlines an operation that includes all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, armed services, human intelligence, spy satellites, electronic eavesdropped and cyber and social media monitoring.

It’s important to note, there are no indications of any specific plot against the Games. Brazilian officials became alarmed when a dozen rio residents were arrested two weeks for alleged ties to the Islamic State. Brazil’s justice minister said the group had discussed attacking the Olympics. 

The U.S. is one of 51 countries supplying intelligence to the Brazilian counter terrorism effort. The American effort is second only to the Brazilians’ operation.

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