British tabloid ‘tests’ Olympic se­cu­rity


Olympic Games or­gan­is­ers in Lon­don said they were look­ing into a tabloid’s re­port claim­ing that a worker had been able to sneak a fake bomb—a plas­tic con­tainer with bat­ter­ies, a phone and mod­el­ing clay—into Olympic Park.

The Sun news­pa­per ac­knowl­edged that the uniden­ti­fied worker had been “prop­erly vet­ted” and “thor­oughly searched” once be­fore en­ter­ing the park but said he was later able to leave the park and reen­ter with­out be­ing chal­lenged. The tabloid claimed that he man­aged to take in a con­tainer that looked like a “dummy Sem­tex de­vice” and trum­peted what it al­leged was the dis­cov­ery of a “ter­ri­fy­ing flaw” in Olympic se­cu­rity.

“Clearly a Tup­per­ware box con­tain­ing bat­ter­ies, a mo­bile phone and some loose wires would not pose a threat on a con­struc­tion site,” said a state­ment from the Lon­don Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee of the Olympic Games and Par­a­lympic Games. British tabloids rou­tinely have re­porters or oth­ers sneak into high-pro­file venues ahead of ma­jor events to high­light al­leged se­cu­rity fail­ings.

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