WASHINGTON — The incoming chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee sharply criticized the findings of a long-awaited interrogation report to be released by Senate Democrats on Tuesday.
North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr said information contained in the report about interrogation techniques used during the Bush era are not new or unknown. What is new in the report, Burr said, was information on countries and partners who helped the U.S. with prisoners at the time.
"What will be new tomorrow is the references to our partners, people that helped, places that were willing to hold prisoners," he told reporters on Monday. "There's nothing they are going to glean from the standpoint of what the American response was. This is a report that will really expose a lot of the cooperation we have around the world."
Burr said negotiations over what will be redacted are ongoing but he feared that enemies of the U.S. would "connect the dots" to figure out key pieces of information.
"If anybody can connect the dots and from this derive who a person or country was then we've done serious damage to that country or person," he said.
While the White House says it is prepared for the report's release, press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday that "the administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place at U.S. facilities around the globe."
Burr said that he is hopeful there will not be any kind of attack in response to what's in the report but if it did it will be "the direct result of releasing this report," he said.