WASHINGTON. The alarm on the attack on Congress did not arrive in time and decisively from the American intelligence community. Thus the former head of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund, in the first hearing in the Senate on the events of January 6, points the finger at the FBI and other federal agencies that would not have provided correct information regarding what was being prepared in Washington . In his speech, Sund, who resigned in the aftermath of the assault on Congress, defended his actions saying that “contrary to what was reported the Capitol Police had a plan for that day”. But it was a plan aimed at countering “manifestations of opinion and possible small violent groups, on the basis of the intelligence that was provided to us.” “Instead we had a coordinated military-style assault on my agents and the taking of the Capitol: none of the information we received predicted what actually happened,” he added, indicating that “no agency, including the FBI, has provided intelligence in this sense “.
In this regard, Sund said he had not seen before the attack the report in which the FBI warned of the risk of coordinated violence by far-right militias: according to him, the FBI sent on January 5 to the headquarters of the Capitol Police the document that actually arrived in the hands of the leaders only on January 6, while the facts were unfolding. Former House Security Officer Paul Irving also defended his actions by saying that “based on the intelligence we had, we all believed we had a plan that was adequate for threats: now we know that plan was wrong.”
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