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    The CIA secret interrogation report published by the US Senate Committee on Tuesday should not be used to define the intelligence community, US Secretary of State Kerry said.

    MOSCOW, December 9 (Sputnik) — The release of Senate’s report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques showcases the US ability to acknowledge its mistakes, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

    “Release of this report affirms again that one of America's strengths is our democratic system’s ability to recognize and wrestle with our own history, acknowledge mistakes, and correct course,” Kerry said in a statement released by the US Department of State.

    The report sheds light on a period that is “more than five years behind us, so we can discuss and debate our history – and then look again to the future,” he stated.

    Kerry also noted that “while it's uncomfortable and unpleasant to reexamine this period”, the report should not be used to define the intelligence community. “Every single day, the State Department and our diplomats and their families are safer because of the men and women of the CIA and the Intelligence Community,” he stressed.

    On Tuesday, US Senate Intelligence Committee released a 500-page summary of the detailed investigation into the CIA interrogation techniques that were used on alleged al-Qaeda agents following the 9/11 attacks.

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