Canadian intelligence approved CIA flights

TORONTO — CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the 2001 terror attacks, according to newly declassified government documents.

The documents underscored ideas that the United States is ferrying suspected terrorists through Canada on the way to foreign prisons.

The memos were released this week under Canada’s Access to Information Act. The Associated Press obtained them Thursday from The Canadian Press.

Internal government briefing notes revealed that senior intelligence officials from six government agencies, including the Security Intelligence Service, met in late November to discuss the flights.

One memo dated Nov. 28 instructed officials to tell the media that there was “no credible information to suggest that these planes were used to ferry suspected terrorists to and from Canada, or that illegal activity took place.”

A spokesman for the CIA in Washington declined to comment Thursday.

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