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December 9th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Defense Secretary reacts to torture report

Kuwait City (CNN) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday the military is prepared to handle any potential fallout from the impending release of a Senate panel's torture report.

All U.S. military combatant commanders are on alert Tuesday on his orders, though they are not facing any specific threats, Hagel told CNN's Jim Sciutto in an interview Tuesday.

"We want to be prepared. Just in case," Hagel said. "We want to be prepared and we are."

Several senators, defense officials and diplomats have raised concerns that the report's release could endanger U.S. personnel abroad. The report, the climax to a $50 million Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, will provide grisly details of Bush-era CIA "enhanced interrogation" tactics in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

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