The Obama administration is directing all U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to review security and the State Department says it will give additional help to embassies and consulates in need.
This initiative comes as the Senate Intelligence Committee edges toward releasing parts of a report documenting CIA abuses of terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks. The CIA has contested the conclusions of the report.
The department’s disclosure of the move to tighten security was made in a recent letter to Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho. The department indicated in the letter that each American diplomatic post was reviewing security to protect American personnel, facilities and interests, including those of private citizens and businesses.
Risch and other Republicans had expressed concerns earlier about publicly releasing the summary and conclusions of the so-called “torture report,” fearing “another Benghazi-like” event. The lawmakers voiced concern that a public presentation of harsh interrogation methods, including what Senate investigators describe as cases of torture, could lead to a “range of reactions” worldwide.