US tightens embassy security ahead of CIA interrogations report

The State Department is increasing security at posts around the globe in anticipation of a soon-to-be-released Senate report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” techniques.

The measures are being implemented in places where the department fears the report could spark protests, including nations where the CIA ran secret prisons to interrogate terror suspects, unidentified officials told Reuters.


The officials declined to specify which U.S. embassies would receive additional security, but they said they worried the report could ignite a “tinder box” in the Middle East and make foreign intelligence services reluctant about cooperating with the U.S.

It is unclear when the controversial report prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee will be released.

On Tuesday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBottom line Trump vetoes bipartisan driftnet fishing bill Dumping Abraham Lincoln? A word of advice to the 'cancel culture' MORE (D-Calif.) said the roughly 6,000-page report would not see the light of day, until she is certain crucial information will be made public.

The Obama administration is attempting to redact portions of the report to protect classified information, but Democratic senators are pushing for more facts to be made public.

Feinstein said the White House redacted about 15 percent of the public version of the report. The administration countered that much of those changes were in the footnotes.

Feinstein said she would send a letter to President Obama offering changes to the current redacted version of the report that the committee believes "are necessary.”

The report has already split lawmakers on the committee, with Republicans arguing the findings are biased and could hurt national security.