US embassies issue warnings after CIA report

The State Department released new security warnings Tuesday evening urging Americans to avoid crowds and be on guard, after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report summary on the CIA’s interrogation program for suspected terrorists. [READ REPORT HERE.]

The warnings were issued by U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Thailand, citing the release of the report, which details harsh interrogation techniques that included waterboarding, sexual humiliation and forced feeding. 

{mosads}U.S. citizens in these countries “should be aware that release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the [study] could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens,” the warnings said.  

Americans were urged to avoid demonstrations and confrontational situations. 

In Pakistan, Americans were urged to monitor the situation via local media and the embassy’s website, and “keep a low profile, exercise caution, and avoid large gatherings,” the State Department said in its release.

Thailand had hosted a CIA detention facility before the program was canceled in 2009. Although the report did not name countries involved, locations have been previously reported in the media. 

On Friday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a warning to all U.S. military commanders around the world to be on alert in anticipation of the report’s release.

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