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US heightens embassy security in anticipation of ‘torture’ report

Published on Aug 6, 2014 4:02 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The US State Department is increasing security at some American embassies in anticipation of the public release of a long-awaited Senate report detailing the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA’s) use of harsh interrogation techniques, US officials said on Tuesday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the additional security measures reflected concerns that the report could prompt protests in countries where the CIA operated secret prisons that were used to conduct interrogations.

Human rights activists and some US politicians have labelled as “torture” some of the physically stressful interrogation techniques, such as simulated drowning, that were authorised under then-president George W. Bush.

For security reasons, State Department officials declined to specify how or where US embassies were being fortified in anticipation of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report.

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