Intelligence officials are warning that the release of a report on enhanced interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency could put U.S. personnel overseas in danger.


Intelligence officials told the White House and Congress that the release of the so-called “torture report” will trigger a “heightened potential” for violence abroad, NBC News reported.

That assessment has triggered greater security measures at certain U.S. facilities, including the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Military facilities are also increasing security.

On Sunday, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said that extremists might use the report to incite violence.

The report is the result of an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into the detention and interrogation practices of the CIA. It's expected to paint a detailed picture of how the CIA used torture techniques on prisoners at so-called black sites, or covert detention facilities, abroad. It is also expected to report that the CIA misled officials about the techniques’ effectiveness in order to continue the program.

The intelligence community — which may take a hit to its reputation because of the findings — has remained opposed to its release.

The report has been in the works for years. A 480-page summary of the 6,000-plus-page document is expected to be released this week. Information will be redacted.

Though President Obama has pledged to release the report, the White House has been particularly active in preparing the report for release.

The Huffington Post reported earlier this year that chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughSusan Rice calls for Flynn-Kislyak transcripts to be released GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden Tucker Carlson: Flynn case was domestic spying operation 'hidden under the pretext of national security' MORE was personally negotiating the redactions from the report. The White House has been involved in talks over the release since April, according to reports.

Senate Democrats have grown frustrated with the White House officials, whom they believe are trying to stall the release of the report. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGraham announces hearing on police use of force after George Floyd killing Frustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter MORE (D-Calif.) intends to release the summary before Democrats lose the Senate majority in January.

Last week, Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil MORE reportedly called Feinstein to encourage her to delay the release of the report. The State Department denied that Kerry had asked for a delay during the call.