Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Olympics A Big Event For Spies As Much As Sports

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There will be a lot of sporting behavior at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy – and a lot of spying.

That’s the secret being passed on by terrorism expert Dr. Richard Bloom, a professor of intelligence at Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, Arizona.

Bloom says international sporting events like the Olympics attract just as many people interested in intelligence as athletics.

It sounds like a James Bond movie, but unlike a Hollywood movie, the real-life spies aren’t trying to recruit a figure skater or curling champion for a super-secret mission.

Instead, most Olympic spies are simply trying to make the acquaintance of potential contacts in other countries who can help their own country’s interests at a later date.

If that’s the case, 2006 should be a banner year for intelligence gathering thanks to the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 10, and the World Cup, which takes place in Germany starting June 9.

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