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Rio committee thieves “acted alone”

Olympics: Shooting-Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions-Qualification

Aug 4, 2012; London, United Kingdom; London organizing committee for the Olympic Games chairman Sebastian Coe looks on during the women’s 50m rifle 3 position finals in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Royal Artillery Barracks. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


The London organizers are going out of there ways to define the term righteous indignation, swelling with fury over the fact that some Rio committee employees “stole” strategy and security operations reports without asking, even though the Brits admit they would have given the Brazilians the documents if they had simply asked.

Now the Rio Olympic Committee is jumping on board and throwing its former employees under the bus.

“They acted alone, without the knowledge of their immediate bosses or any other Rio 2016 leaders,” read a Tuesday statement from the Rio Olympic Committee. “Although they allege that they had no intention of harming either organization, they broke the principles of the mutual trust between the committees.”

In all, ten employees were fired after Locog officials complained about the breach on Sept. 1.

The two countries are cooperating on a three-month knowledge transfer program that will culminate in an official Olympics debrief in November, but the Rio workers signed a contract prohibiting them from downloading or copying files without authorization.

One of the alleged fired employees sent a letter to journalist Juca Kfouri, who broke the story. The letter detailed the instructions given to her by her bosses and claimed that none of the files were “confidential” or “commercial” in nature and were simply documents meant to improve the Rio Games.