Security heightened at U.S. embassies ahead of CIA torture report release

Security heightened at U.S. embassies ahead of CIA torture report release

Security has been ramped up at US embassies and facilities across the world as the White House braces itself for the release of a report into CIA interrogations and torture, officials have said.

Additional precautions will be taken by embassies and other sites due to “some indications” of “greater risk”, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday.

“The administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place,” he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier asked Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein to “consider” changing the timing of the report; however, Earnest told reporters it would be “difficult to imagine” an ideal time to make the months-delayed summary public.

A 480-page summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report is due to be released as early as Tuesday, and will contain details of the CIA’s post-9/11 torture.

It is understood to detail the “enhanced interrogation” methods used by CIA operatives to extract information from suspects — which included waterboarding, slapping and sleep deprivation — and is expected to say that such methods were unsatisfactory.

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