May 3, 2009 --
Rio de Janeiro is accusing one of its 2016 Olympic rivals of spying. On the eve of the IOC Evaluation Commission's final day in Brazil, Rio's bid team revoked the journalist credentials of a man who claimed to be a reporter working for a news agency in Spain. It turns out the man is a paid consultant to Madrid's Olympic bid.
Rio 2016 is reportedly considering filing a formal ethics complaint with the International Olympic Committee. Madrid admits the man works for its Olympic PR firm but denies he was sent as a spy.
A spokesman for Chicago's Olympic bid says the Windy City has not sent undercover operatives posing as journalists to Rio, Madrid or Tokyo.