US Embassies brace for backlash over CIA torture report

US diplomatic posts around the world were on heightened security alert on Monday ahead of the release of a long-awaited report into the CIA’s use of torture in the years after the September 11 attacks.

The 480-page report by the US Senate intelligence committee is expected to contain graphic details of how the CIA used “enhanced interrogation techniques” including waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects who were held in an international network of secret jails.

President Barack Obama has already dubbed the techniques used as “torture”, in a televised press conference earlier this year, but the White House said it feared that the fresh details could spark recriminations abroad.