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. Hef

    WHy weren't the seals using one of these secret crafts instead of a loosy chinooc ?

    August 15, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jen

    Pakistan: Where the garbage of South Asia comes to cause problems for the rest of the world.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. somedude

    Wait you are saying Pakistan is not our friend? Oh wait didn't a top level ISI official wire a large sum of money to hijacker Mohamed Atta the day before 9/11? Wait America says it's not going to investigate that "move along there's nothing to see here!".

    August 15, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |

    Duane: Pakistan has lost 5000 soldiers and 40 thousand civilians in terrorist attacks since 9/11. What world do you live in?

    August 15, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Baaa, little sheep – keep eating up the propaganda. Hitler would be proud of America.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. nhioerjhnih5

    The Chinese stealth choppers can give lead poisoning to everyone around it.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tohkrah

    It's all about the status quo. If we suddenly stopped all aid/relations to Pakistan, it would make our operations in Afghanistan that much harder. It's no secret this Pakistan shared what they could with the Chinese and it's no secret that they allow China to use Pakistan to do continuous recon on US operations in the area. But they also didn't just hand over the tail-section and have provided at least some help with our operations in Afghanistan. They play both sides because they know they can get away with it. They need both sides. Shifting the paradigm to a US/India vs China/Pakistan would vastly change the way things work right now and while it seems like the right thing to do. That is, finally overtly align ourselves with a more appealing ally, all I think it would create is fuel for the fire.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. aaron

    It's amusing how folks keep bashing Pakistan for our own stupidity. The US reminds me of one of theose pathetic kids who bribed others to come and play with him.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      "It's amusing how folks keep bashing Pakistan for our own stupidity." Yeah, it was our stupidity that put UBL in Pakistan, right? It wasn't Pakistans lack of cooperation and lying that caused this problem. You remind me of the kid who makes himself feel better by calling everyone else stupid.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Such a narrow minded view on the world.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Isolationist

      You remind me of the kid who keeps pretending to play a game he does not have the maturity to understand.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123


      August 15, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123


      August 15, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Isolationist

    Think maybe we all are being manipulated a bit?

    Where ever there is confusion and chaos it is because someone thinks they are benefiting from the confusion.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. justathought

    Time to cut relations with China and tell them that all the bonds they bought from the U.S., legal and illegal are worthless and send no more money to Pakistan(maybe a few guided missiles where they will do the most good) That should get their attention that the U.S. will not be trifled with. (Poor politicians, they are fraidy cats to do the right thing.)

    August 15, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      "The Right Thing" does not include telling our debtors to pi$$ off....that's the absolute worst thing to do, both from an ethical and moral standpoint, not to mention about as dishonorable as you can get.
      What an absolutely stupid idea.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe


      August 15, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123

      and walmart and other big discounters will go out of businesses in no times,.THEY KEEP $93.50 FOR EVERY $100.00 THAT YOU SPEND FOR THOSE GOODS,.TO PAY FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES,.SUBCONTRACTORS,.AND MILLIONS MORE OTHERS,.ONLY $6.50 GOES TO PAY THE POOR CHINESE WORKERS TO MAKE THOSE GOODS FOR US!,.that is capitalism that we have invented, buddy! READ MORE FINANCIAL NEWS AND REPORTS, BUDDY!

      August 15, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123


      August 15, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. GT66

    Honestly, who cares? Have you seen the results of China's knock-off attempts? Let them see it, let them copy it, heck, give'em some of the parts, they'll still come up with a dog's breakfast. Just look at their "stealth" fighter. Our Goodyear blimps are more stealthy and fierce.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • USAR soldier

      most stealth technology is the outer shell of the vessel and if they have a clean piece of that, they can easily replicate it.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123

      this dude doesn't know what he is talking,.he talks through both sides of his mouth,.must have some big mouth!:)):)):))

      August 15, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. FauxNews

    Are you kidding? 99% of all the parts in the helicopter had "Made in China" stamped on them. The Chinese taking pictures were probably insurance adjusters.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Engineer_X

      Ha! Funny but not true. The US does build it's own war machines.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123

      you are GOOD,.buddy! your statements make me laughing bending over!

      August 15, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • zenichi-maro

      ROFLMAO...Thanks, FauxNews. I needed that laugh today!

      August 15, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Voiceinthedesert)

    Pakistan will never be an ally until the U.S breaks military relations with India. That is a given. The relation we have with pakistan is ugly and leading nowhere! It's like leaving your child with a snake. It will bite the first time it can! China, by the way, were it not for the economic partnership, would act exactly as does Pakistan. This said,I advocate peace! Why? Because today is the Feast of the Assumption! As far as pentagon, I have only scorn. They knew that ten small helicopters is better for this type of operation ... and cheaper. Yet they did not provide this alternative to the seals! I have also scorn for the West Point, NSC which advise Pentagon, and which should have known better! When three soldiers go down in a small helicopter, three at most die, but some may survive! When 30 are downed in the heavy Chinook, the 30 die! Just do the math, you military experts! Shame on you!

    August 15, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • aha !!

      US never had longstanding military relations with India , they started that with pakistan long back.The military relations with India is a thing of recent history.if you have been friends with someone for a long long time and one day decide to talk to the fella across the street just cause you happen to see him and your long time friend stabs you in the back because of it, does it make it right ??

      August 15, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pipy

    Wow, not cool PAKISTAN! I hope taking away some of that aid will get the message across...

    August 15, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jet Li, Manhattan Beach CA

    Chinese will steal and copy anything from US secrets. Their space program, stealth fighters and other advance weapons, space rocket are stolen secrets from the US. It's a disgrace for a world power country like China..

    August 15, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123

      and you think the americans don't do any stealing!,.you must be the biggest idiot in this world!

      August 15, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Freedom50

      No the United States doesn't steal other peoples technology. If you are wondering why it is because no other countries technology even comes close. Why would we steal obsolete technology? If we had to steal why do the Chinese have to take pictures of what we steal? We must have stole the technology from aliens.....that's it.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
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