A photo taken on March 12, 2004, of a suspected CIA plane departing from Palma de Mallorca airport in Spain (AFP)
May 17, 2006 -- European Union investigators today quoted U.S. officials as suggesting that a wave of CIA flights that secretly transferred terrorist suspects across Europe could only have been carried out with the "knowledge and support" of host nations.
The head of a European Parliament probe into the flights, Carlos Coelho, said the information was gathered during a visit to the United States last week. Coelho said U.S. State Department officials insisted that the United States never violated the sovereignty of EU countries during the so-called extraordinary renditions.
Fellow investigator Claudio Fava said up to 50 people were moved across the continent to jails in third countries where
some faced torture and other abuses.