US foreign missions in Pakistan, Thailand and Afghanistan have issued security warnings to US citizens traveling to the countries, following the publication of a Senate report on controversial interrogation techniques used by the country’s Central intelligence Agency (CIA).
“U.S. Citizens in Pakistan should be aware that the release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s study on the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens,” the notice published Tuesday on the website of the US Embassy in Pakistan said.
The exact same warning was also issued by the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand as well as by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) for US travelers to Afghanistan.
“U.S. citizens should pay attention to their surroundings and take appropriate safety precautions, including avoiding demonstrations or confrontational situations,” the warning added.
The US Embassy in Pakistan also called on US nationals to change their schedules and routes when in Pakistan to avoid being targeted.
The 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial interrogation techniques was published by the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. It provides detailed information on the agency’s controversial interrogation methods used on alleged terror suspects since the 9/11 attacks in Washington and New York.
Prior to the publication of the report evidencing torture, US facilities across the world had taken security measures, fearing revenge attacks.