WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday to "consider" the timing of the expected release of a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques.
The official said Kerry called Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to talk about the implications of publicly releasing her committee's report given the current tense situation in numerous world hotspots. The official, however, said the administration's support for its release remained unchanged. The official was not authorized to discuss the private call by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A phone message and email to the California Democrat's staff was not immediately returned.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is poised to release the first public accounting of the CIA's use of torture on al-Qaida detainees held in secret facilities in Europe and Asia in the years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
A 480-page executive summary of 6,200-page report by Democrats on the committee, who spent six years reviewing millions of secret CIA documents, is expected to be made public within days.
According to many U.S. officials who have read it, the document includes new details about the CIA's use of such techniques as sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces, humiliation and the simulated drowning process known as waterboarding. President Barack Obama has acknowledged, "We tortured some folks."
But the report goes much further than to simply condemn the brutal methods, which Obama banned in 2009 and were repudiated by the three most recent CIA directors. It alleges that the harsh interrogations failed to produce unique and life-saving intelligence. And it asserts that the CIA systematically lied about the covert program to officials at the White House, the Justice Department and congressional oversight committees.
The expected release of the report has raised concerns about potential backlash to Americans and U.S. interests around the world.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the State Department has "directed all of our posts overseas to review their security posture in light of ... a release of this report, to ensure that our personnel, our facilities and our interests are prepared for the range of reactions that might occur."
Associated Press writer Donna Cassata contributed to this report.