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. Nuke Em!!!

    I say Cut ALL ties with The Pakistan Gov. Fully support India and it's military and cut ties with China that will reduce our deficit dramacticlly and get ready for war...better now then waiting for china to improve their military anymore.....USA!!! USA!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belarius Marek

      Only trouble is India is as back stabbing as the Pakistani's. You cannot trust anyone anymore.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marley

      Except:

      1. Pakistan has nukes.

      2. The USA and China are so deeply economically tied. They need each other, hence, they will not let the other fail. Why you think China continues to buy US treasury bonds (ie. debt)? Because China cannot allow the the US to fail.

      If China succeeds, the USA will succeed as well. But because the USA is ahead of the game by $10T dollars, it is almost impossible for the China to catch up to be equal with the USA.

      Unless of course, Americans become dumb and vote for folks like Bachmann, Palin, and Perry, who believe "Jesus" is on their side.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ExaltedMan

      Do Pakistan has some sort of economy?

      But how? Have they built that economy only with USA donations?

      August 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Belario. You are totally right.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. aaron

    It's amusing hearing Americans complain against China. I'm not American but am posting on a computer made by a US company power by a US chip run on a US program and bought at a US based chain store. Be careful what you ask for when you preach trade isolationism. The USA has four times the per capita trade exports of China. .

    August 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CDaeda

    No big deal here. Sleath helicopter is just some radar absorbing material put on existing helicopters.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sally

    Lets keep giving aid to pakistan...yes, they did give China access to the American top secret stealth chopper for money....

    August 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Good point.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      Pakistan see the writing on the wall: China will be the nest superpower,
      so itll do all it can to please it. Including stealth copter access etc.

      What makes me laugh is how supposedly the pakistani people are so distrustful
      of the U.S. (im sure we re doing some things behind their back, like everyone does, sure),
      when they are the ones doing this, and helping/directing some terrorists networks
      that go into afghanistant attacking our troops.

      In other words the pakistanis are doing much more against us
      and some of the top people say how much of liers they are all of the time,
      and yet the pakistanis see themselves as totally legit and truthful and right,
      and we the U.S are so untrustworthy and bad.

      If they only knew..

      August 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lejaune

    The official explanation was that they thought it was a Chinese copter that crashed, so they called the Chinese first.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jumbalia

    Here's a great way to help the deficit... STOP SENDING AID TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES, SINCE WHEN DO THEY HELP US OUT!?

    August 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marley

      If Pakistan fails, the costs are much higher ... that's why.

      Just look at Afghanistan. The US let Afghanistan fail. Then some 20 years later, it has cost us trillions of wealth.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • The EnD

      Then the UN let take care of it, Its none of the US's business when there is no money at home and sending money as aid to foreign countries. We need our money more than them.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J.B.B.

    It would appear that your intelligence is "hung lo" ... what there is of it.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hung Lo

    You american capatilist dawgs are weally weally hollible people and have vewy slanted view of superior Chinese technowlogy !

    August 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann

      I know you are poking fun, but on the serious side, America needs to get back to bringing home all business home from China and focus on our quality...China has tainted toys our children play with, tainted food and why do business with a government who would be happy to see us fail and who cause problems? Bring home our jobs! Watch out Chrysler! "Wang Wenlong knew he wasn't going to get top quality when he plunked down $4,700 for a locally made car.
      But he didn't expect so many problems from his Xiali subcompact — from windows that refused to open to windshield wipers that wouldn't wipe. But will they sell overseas? China clearly has such ambitions. Earlier this month, a major Chinese automaker partnered with the Chrysler Group to export to Western markets." We can make cheap quality cars too, Chrysler, is that what we really want?

      August 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chi Wan Mei

    Why been so concern about stealth technology been inspected by China? They already have access to our bank accounts and financial secrets thanks to US Banks outsourcing. They have very good salaries over there now, so, I don't see where the savings are. Oh wait, is that WE the middle class are less important to our politicians than he people from China or India.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hung Lo

    J.B.B.
    You vewy funny man. You bawking up wong tree you capitilist dawg !

    August 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sandiegobeachbum

    If Pakistan is one of our best, most trustworthy allies in that dreadful part of the world, we are in DEEP trouble. Why is it that the Muslim led countries, to include Somalia, are the worst, most corrupt and have terrible leadership if you want to call it that? Look at all the bombings today in those hellholes of Afghan and Iraq. If these so called peaceful Islamic Muslims want to blow each other up and kill innocent women and kids, there is nothing we seem to be able to do about it so let's not shed any more Amercian blood for these ungrateful, evil, cruel cowards. It's high time the people of these stinking countries police their ranks and try and prevent these "peaceful Muslims" from destroying everybody and everything. We have sacrificed enough lives and $$ and what we're doing is NOT working. It sure looks to me like McChrystal and Petreaus are all foam and no beer with their strategies. Things appear to be getting worse, not better.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann

      Their people have to deal with them too, put yourself in their place. For many, if they speak out they are killed. I think when we speak of them we should refer to the radicals or terrorists, but not all of the people themselves. I hate it when negative things are said about "Americans" when usually they are referring to our foreign policy (which 99.9% of us have nothing to do with).Their people pay the price for those who cause problems in their countries, because they dont have the power to weed them out "most of the time", just as we havent been a part of the decision making in our foreign policy, yet from "some" we are all blamed. We need to choose who we want to immigrate here and have laws accordingly before we have more problems. We need security at all borders and then focus on our own country. If we help people we get blame(most dont know how we have helped China with our corporations going there), and if we dont help we will get blame too, so personally I think we should find a way to brainstorm how to avoid trading with people who appear to challenge us negatively and steal from us.Maybe we should treat each state as a country and trade within. I am no economics or financial expert, but I think the people in US are very innovative and can find solutions...but we can start by lowering pay for those who work for us in the government, or who use private jets, get expensive motels and restaurants. We get yearly work evaluations, based on merit, resulting in pay scale...and if we behaved liked our congress and house we would all be fired(not referring to all of them, but a good many).

      August 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Moo Shoo Chicken

    Re-post: Why been so concern about stealth technology been inspected by China? They already have access to our bank accounts and financial secrets thanks to US Banks outsourcing. They have very good salaries over there now, so, I don't see where the savings are. Oh wait, is that WE the middle class are less important to our politicians than he people from China or India.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jam

    obviously. china gave pak 50 f-35s a few days after the obl raid.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ExaltedMan

    When USA supplies ITS NEWLY DEVELOPED radars to the world to detect these stealth capability technology and develops a WHOLE NEW stealth technology, this Chinese copy attempt will go down the drain !!!

    It will be SQUARE ONE for China and its flatterer Pakistan !!!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RickP530

    I say cut off all financial aid to India, Pakistan, and other foreign countries that want their bread buttered on both sides. 800 Million is a start to solving our deficit.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • canucken

      India isn't a problem. Pakistan is.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus

      Both India and Pakistan are our problems.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Agreed- India is fine. India's neighbor on the otherhand...

      August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      India does not get along well with either China or Pakistan. I think we should have closer ties with it.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roberto

      You do realize that financial aid to Pakistan (and other countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, etc.) is on very strict terms? They are required to use all of that money to buy weapons and other war equipment from American companies. Essentially, it is your U.S. government subsidizing America's military industrial complex, at the cost of the U.S. taxpayer. You're not helping any Pakistani by giving the crooks in Islamabad weapons. You're arming them just like you armed the Taliban, just like you funded Al Qaeda during the Soviet era. Guess what? Jokes on you.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      India never requested any help from US, neither it has given any aid to India. Get your basics right...
      Please don't comment if don't undestand the dynamics of Asia.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • WeKnowWhoURRick

      Please go ahead and slash all aid. to India and Pakistan. That wont affect India, as the aid is mear 35 million. but it will definitely affect the mother country of RiCKP530 which i guess is Pakistan. (Nice try with an American name(

      August 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legal Alien

      Hey uninformed citizen of this world RickP530. India is the only country in that cluster@#$% region of the world that minds its own business and doesn't thrive on bombing other countries. India is HARDLY dependant on US AID and has allies on all sides including Russia. They mind their own business and try to live peacefully. Read up the history. They're not begging for our aid. Pakistan is..and it is extremely good at biting the hand that feeds. Again, history is proof.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • apsxv

      Rick: Can you tell me what aid is US giving to India?..

      August 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      India??

      August 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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