The White House said Monday that the upcoming release of a report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture of prisoners could lead to the targeting of Americans overseas but said that it still supported making the scathing document public.
“There are some indications that the release of the report could lead to greater risk that is posed to U.S. facilities and individuals all around the world,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “The administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure the proper security precautions are in place at U.S. facilities around the globe.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected Tuesday to release the report documenting the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Republicans have said that making the findings public could put Americans and U.S. facilities overseas at risk.
Yet the White House says it supports airing details about practices long condemned by President Obama.
However, Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday phoned Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to try to get her to delay the release of the report. Kerry was concerned about the safety of Americans serving at foreign installations, administration officials said.
The White House said the timing of the report’s release was up to the Senate committee, which is proceeding with plans to make it public on Tuesday.