US embassies on heightened alert over CIA torture report

02:19 PM | 9 Dec, 2014
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WASHINGTON:

Following expected enraged reaction in account of heinous brutalities and torture over detainees of ‘war on terror’, the United States’ diplomatic posts around the world were put on heightened security alert on Tuesday fearing colossal backlash with the shortly publishing US Senate report into CIA’s inhuman treatment of war prisoners.  

The 480-page report by the US Senate intelligence committee is expected to contain graphic details of how the CIA used “enhanced interrogation techniques” including waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects who were held in an international network of secret jails, The Telegraph reported.

President Barack Obama has already dubbed the techniques used as “torture”, in a televised press conference earlier this year, but the White House said it feared that the fresh details could spark recriminations abroad.

“The administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place at US facilities around the globe,” a White House spokesman said, warning the report could lead to “a greater risk” to US facilities and individuals.

The decision to publish the report, which is a declassified summary of a 6,000-page three-year review of more than five million highly classified CIA documents, has been fiercely contested by both Republicans and senior members of the administration of George W Bush, who authorised the programme.