Reports: Pakistan let Chinese inspect U.S. stealth copter
The U.S. stealth copter crashed in Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound.
August 15th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Reports: Pakistan let Chinese inspect U.S. stealth copter

[Updated at 12:02 p.m.] Chinese military engineers likely got to examine the wreckage of the U.S. stealth helicopter that crashed during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, according to news reports.

"We have reason to suspect China was given access, but we cannot confirm it definitively.  We have strong suspicions," a U.S. official told CNN.

Pakistani intelligence operatives likely gave the Chinese access to the wreckage, the New York Times reported, citing American officials and other intelligence sources.

The Chinese engineers were able to photograph the wreckage and take samples of the stealth skin that helps the chopper avoid radar detection, intelligence sources told the Financial Times.

When the aircraft crashed during the raid that killed the al Qaeda leader in May, Navy SEALs destroyed most of it to protect the technology. But the tail section remained mostly intact and it was that area that the Chinese engineers examined, according to the New York Times report.

U.S. intelligence is basing its opinion that the Chinese got access to the stealth copter on intercepted phone conversations, the Times reported.

A U.S. official says “we have reason to suspect China was given access but we cannot confirm it definitively. We have strong suspicions.”

Pakistani officials contacted by the New York Times refused comment on the matter. The Financial Times said a Pakistani official denied the accusations.

Both newspapers noted that China and Pakistan enjoy a longstanding military relationship.

The raid that killed bin Laden, staged without informing Pakistan, stoked tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan.

In July, the U.S. said it was withholding $800 million in aid to Pakistan.

"They've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we're giving to the military, and we're trying to work through that," White House Chief of Staff William Daley said at the time.

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  1. overreactor

    why not? china needs to see first hand how well the US is spending THEIR money

    August 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • camelz

      pretty uneducated aren't you?

      August 15, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Because these copters were designed back when we had a surplus.. old technology for us. The money we borrowed from China is going towards far more advanced technology.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Batman

    Coming soon to Walmart- Stealth Chopper, only 99 cents!

    At least the military doesn't have to worry, it will be made out of plastic and break after 3 minutes.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Sparky

      you make LOTSA sense BatTard (sarcasm)

      August 15, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • DrD

      "Made in China"

      August 15, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bobby G.

    Of course they did, and probably not the only ones either.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. EX-Navy Mineman

    it's time to tell pakistan to go P.O.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      I honestly don't see why we would be aiding Pakistan at all! This looks so familiar to what happened in Afghanistan – where we aided them with money and weapons and they turned on us. We need to just pull out of the Middle East, let them worry about their problems, and we worry about ours. No more funding these countries with money we don't even have/can't afford!

      August 15, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. sharp Pain

    Our Politicians will sell the secretes to the hightest bidders anyways.
    Long live the Rosenbergs.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • camelz

      yeah.. dumb demoncrats

      August 15, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. scratching head

    Why do we give Pakistan anything? Do a "show-cause." If Pakistan does "this" they get $1 million. If Pakistan provides this bit of information, they get "$5 million." Truthfully, this lump sum amount of money to a party that we dont trust – simply underscores the absolute disconnect in Washington. Let's pay a party we dont trust, a massive amount of money, in order for them to work against us.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. ThisBS

    Why would the Chinese or anyone else have ever known it was a "stealth helicopter" if the MEDIA had not done it's ususal frenzied rush to expose "exclusive report" for ratings and advertisers – country's long term security be damned !!

    Most probably don't remember the MEDIA reporting on a Viet Nam Marine describing how he escaped death by feining death when the Viet Cong overan their position. Thereafter – the Viet Cong made sure everyone that lay-as-dead was dead. Thanks MEDIA for insuring no one else could escape death or capture by telling the enemy what to watch out for !!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • conradshull

      In the American journalistic world, the term "internationalist" is synonymous with "traitor" as far as I'm concerned, and should be handled as such.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Pakistan released the pictures, and China has people who know about our helicopters, and saw this one was different, more stealthier. You really think our press is smarter than the Chinese government????

      August 15, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sparky

    Pakistan is losing money.....time to call their cashcow retired in Crawford Texas to send em more U.S. taxpayer scratch

    August 15, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Its your muslim buddy obama sending them money....

      August 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wasted1

    We should provide them NO assistance of ANY kind. In fact, we should fully enhance our strategic relationship with India!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. George

    Of course. Who trusts Pakistan? I say that any elected official who votes to send money to Pakistan is a traitor to the United States and should be tried for treason.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jlomi

    keep coming China, keep trying to wake up the sleeping giant. You're gonna soon realize that we have the biggest chopsticks here in the USA and we will eat you up.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. abbottabad

    "Pakistani intelligence" from my understanding this is an oxymoron....

    August 15, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michael V

    14-16 trillion in debt and we're giving 800 million away to the folks that are giving our techniology away? Same ole story, just print more money.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Duhhh

    Just another reason why we should not be in bed with China. But who cares anyways, the one they build will last two or three times and then they will just throw it away.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dice

      Makes complete sense to me

      August 15, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jason S

    China and Pakistan have a good military relationship. Pakistan didn't know Bin Laden was in their country very near to one of their military academies. Sounds like a conspiracy to me.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Cpa

      You're a moron.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
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