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. Tohkrah

    Don't feed the troll...

    August 15, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Justmyopinion

    No reason to worry. China is not a threat to the U.S.!

    Chief commander of the Seals 0, opposition 2 (+30)!

    August 15, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    Can that $800M be applied to the debt issue?

    August 15, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. rm1007

    Did an Indian author or research in the publication of this article? Figures!!

    August 15, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123


      August 15, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. jorge washinsen

    I can't see why anyone would be surprised at the look see.We were always just goats in a pasture as far as any Islamic nation is concerned.We are just too stupid to see it.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. sweet_genius!

    If you as ugly as your words, then we know why you are on this blog being a troll.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Wall.E

    As far as I am concerned... Pakistan is in the same category as France. Both will stab you in the back first chance they get, then spit in your face if you question their reason. The USA should find another planet for us and leave this mud ball behind.

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

      yay ?

      August 15, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • KEN0123


      August 15, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. benji


    August 15, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tomas

    More propaganda setting us (US) up for the 'next' war in Pak. President Eisenhower warned us of this 53 years ago and the stupidity of the masses still falls for it. The Military Industrial Complex will never let the sun set on a US conflict. We must clip the nads off them and the military before the country goes bankrupt playing unending war games.

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

      A Quote from Carol Rosin, who was close to Werner von Braun as he neared death:

      "The strategy that Wernher Von Braun taught me was that first the Russians are going to be considered to be the enemy. In fact, in 1974, they were the enemy, the identified enemy. We were told that they had "killer satellites". We were told that they were coming to get us and control us - that they were "Commies."

      Then terrorists would be identified, and that was soon to follow. We heard a lot about terrorism. Then we were going to identify third-world country "crazies." We now call them Nations of Concern. But he said that would be the third enemy against whom we would build space-based weapons.

      The next enemy was asteroids. Now, at this point he kind of chuckled the first time he said it. Asteroids-against asteroids we are going to build space-based weapons.

      And the funniest one of all was what he called aliens, extraterrestrials. That would be the final scare. "

      They will continue to invent enemies until we have critical mass enough to cut off their funding. Even then I'm sure they'll be trying to create a new threat.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Bemused

      Finnias Fell: you just keep on believing that... I hope you like the color of the slave collar the Commies have picked out for you.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      Yawn, regurgitated tripe.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Finnias Fell

      Is regurgitated truth still truth?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. justathought

    There is one drawback that the Chinese have: they will never admit they made a mistake and if they build something wrong that's the way it will stay. Got'a admit, they did a pretty good job on that China Wall, too bad they had some tratiors that let the enemy in, but that's the Chinese for you.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • TrueRedneck

      Wow... Spoken like a true Redneck! It is all about me and my ego.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. jj

    Of course they did, and the Chinese paid handsomely! This crash, and the secrets exposed, was the heavy cost of killing Bin L. (but not a complete loss – China would have stolen the secrets anyway...)

    August 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. t charles

    PLEASE DON"T GIVE THEM THE 800 million. For once take care of our schools and infrastructure. hell with them (not the people ..but their government.) Let China feed them.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. RobertH

    hey look its our ally, ah no wait damn!

    August 15, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ghost Rider

    With friends like Pakistan, who needs enemies. Time to put an end to our dysfunctional relationship with the Pakies. Let their pathetic country descend into anarchy. Who cares!

    August 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • krish

      We care..We in India. We do not believe that US presence must just disappear form Afghanistan and Pakistan..

      August 15, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Crow

    @ TYN2 Dont be a doushbag...

    August 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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