The United States has beefed up precautions to protect Americans and U.S. facilities abroad in anticipation of a possible international outrage after the release of a long-awaited Senate report on interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

But President Obama still “strongly supports the release of the declassified summary” of the report, said Earnest, adding that it could be an opportunity to “be clear about what American values are and be clear about the fact that the administration believes...that something like this should never happen again."

Earnest said that the administration and intelligence officials had been working with the Senate oversight committees to release as much information as possible.

The document, a nearly 500-page summary of a 6,200-page report compiled by committee Democrats, has been the subject of lengthy sparring between them and the CIA. Those familiar with its contents have described it as critical of detainee treatment in secret CIA prisons in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It is also said to conclude that no significant intelligence was gleaned from the use of harsh interrogation methods.

Pressed about whether Obama believes that useful, actionable information had been obtained from the methods employed against suspected terrorists and other foes, Earnest said that “even if they did” that the president believes "that it wasn't worth it, and it did not enhance the national security of the United States of America."

The president has said that some of the interrogation techniques, such as water boarding and sleep deprivation, amounted to torture.

Earnest on Monday said that Obama also wanted to express his "complete confidence" the CIA director and "his gratitude to the men and women of the CIA" who work without recognition.