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Intelligence expert weighs in on Sochi Olympics security

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A former counter terrorism agent and intelligence expert here in Austin is keeping a close eye on all the developments in Sochi.

Fred Burton is the Vice President of Intelligence at Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm. He says people will be on pins and needles until the Russians can track down the alleged suicide bombers known as the Black Widows.

He says if he were inside the Russian command post a priority before the opening ceremony would be to try to find the bomb maker who is allegedly supplying the suicide vests.

Burton worked with the state department and protective intelligence during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. With an event of this size he says it's nearly impossible to have 100 percent security.

What the Russians have done he said is create rings of security to better protect key Olympic sites. They are also receiving intelligence from other countries.

Burton says the greatest security threat in Sochi will likely be an attack outside the city carried out by militants, lone wolves or grassroots jihadists.

"It's going to be very difficult to carry out an organized terror plot in a highly heightened security arena, therefore the threat is pushed farther back from the Olympic event venue. Russians won't be able to stop a bombing in Moscow that could be intended for the eyes of Sochi," Burton said.

Russia's Federal Security Service will manage around 100,000 security personnel during the games, which is four times the number of security personnel in London.

Burton says the verdict is still out on whether the Russians will use any of the help offered by the U.S.

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