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. Hung Lo

    Amewicans steal our ancient Chinese laundry secrets and now MAKE filthy Yankee Tide Executives wich so they can smoke Cuban Cigars and dwink champagne with mistwesses in bar at happy hour. So we now take chop chop technowlogy – ONLY FAIR !

    August 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leon

      The following is a curse:

      Cao Ni Ma Bi

      If you are a real Chinese, you know how to cleanse. Otherwise, God bless you.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tank2

      You wise up! You go di di mou to corner. Now!

      August 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legal Alien

      hahahahhahahah....nice impression of the "Asian" accent..hahahahahah

      August 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr chop chop

      Very funny! Lol! Made me laugh! None of us Americans want to give anything to these idiots, nor do we want to buy Chinese products. It is shoved down our throats by donkeys.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    Does anyone know what a fake chow is? Watcj the movie hall pass and u will see! Fckin hilarious.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Has anybody noticed that China has no creativity. They have to copy, steal, spy, pirate and pick the brains of other creative people in the world in order to keep up with us, whether it's our military, music, computers, iPhones, movies, etc. Also, has anyone noticed that there are not thousands of people immigrating to China every year? Wonder why? It's called "lack of freedom." You can't go to China and become Chinese. You CAN come from anywhere in the world to the USA and become American. Big, big difference.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mommajam

      I totally agree.They are robots that are raised to be copiers. I can't think of one great medical advance or invention that has come from China. They copy EVERYTHING of ours with now respect to copyright laws.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeko1958

      Uh...I think they invented gunpowder...and missiles!

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

      Gunpowder, yes, right over a thousand years ago. They also invented spaghetti. But what have they done lately???

      August 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • apsxv

      Well said David.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    surprising... no, not exactly.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dooz

    China is our friend .... "LOL" we let all of our AMERICAN businesses go over there to dodge taxes... Why should we care if china looks at our junk ? Fix the jobs issue first..

    August 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. spikemanlou

    When are we going to learn that Pakistan can't be trusted and that they should be working closely with China to keep their country afloat financially. We need the money that we so generously give to Pakistan and these other shaky governments for our own country and citizens. We should just let Pakistan implode, they are not our allies.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rm1007

    Boooo haaa haaaa. Soon be landing in Delhi for all we know with red roses for Shilpa Shetty ...... or shall we say a nuclear gift for manmohan singh.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marv

    Seems like the Navy (military) needs better helicopter pilots!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. USA Man

    Whats the big deal here... CHINA probably made the damn thing ..

    August 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOKinNEPA

    This is no surprise at all.. We expected the Chinese government on the scene as soon as this happened.. it was written about in several news articles. The Pakistani's are so corrupt, anyone with money (The Chinese) are more than welcome.. Hopefully the US cleaned up their mess and left a garbage can lid in place of anything too valuable..

    August 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOKinNEPA

    Just one more reason to cut off all ties with Pakistan!! We can't trust them as far as we can throw them!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. adam

    Ignorant Americans. Stop the aid. You the ordinary Muslim to love you. Then stop sending bullets to kill them. It is not a true aid. The money is given to American companies to send bulllets and guns. Send rice and bread instead, then you do not have create wars and create death and create so much debt. Idiot Americans!!!!! Stop the Aid. Feed the hungry instead!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    Chinese hackers have gained access to the DHS and Pentagon computer systems countless times, I'm pretty sure they already know a lot more than we are comfortable admitting.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. klm29

    They had to buy a busted old soviet block aircraft carrier just to have one of those. They still didn't even build one they just renovated. They are a lot like Charles Barkley and a teleprompter. We should just crash a bunch of bogus equipment around them and then watch them copy it and try to figure out why it won't work like the picture. Mao murdered their best and brightest and then they chased the rest out in the 80s and 90s. Its going to be a while tell they get things figured out. On the bright side we got some very good scientists on our side out of the deal.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It wasn't busted up. It was new but unfinished. The chinese bought it incomplete and finished the build.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. USA Man

    Who wants peace ??? ever since this war started i have been having a feild day with all his women.. Hell they can plesae them , so when they flee here i treat them like the dogs they are...!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      USA Man sounds like he's faking being American.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MommaHanna

      JERK! You are obvisouly an import because American Men know how to properly respect women. You are clearly a LOSER!

      August 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
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