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Torture Report Could Provoke Violence: Senior Intelligence Official

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Diane Feinstein delay releasing the report.

WASHINGTON — Senior intelligence officials briefed the White House and Congress that there was a "heightened potential" that releasing the so-called Senate "torture report" could provoke violence overseas, a senior intelligence official told NBC News.

The briefing was based on a classified intelligence assessment, one which also prompted alerts and heightened security measures from U.S. embassies such as the Cairo station, the senior intelligence official confirmed. It also led to similarly ramped-up security precautions at American military posts around the world. The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

That was followed up by a call from Secretary of State John Kerry to Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein — during which he suggested delaying the release of the report. The report is expected to be released as early as Tuesday.


— Andrea Mitchell