PARIS (Reuters) - More than 20 states, mostly in Europe, colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects, a European rights watchdog said in a report released on Wednesday.
Middle Eastern and Central Asian nations played a role in the network run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and European governments were not unwitting victims of the operation, the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe said.
"It is now clear -- although we are still far from having established the whole truth -- that authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities," Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty said.
"Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know," he said in the conclusions of the 65-page report released on the body's Web site.
While the report admits it has "no formal evidence" of secret CIA detention centres, a number of states had clearly colluded with the system of CIA secret flights and secret transfers known as renditions.