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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soundoff (824 Responses)
  1. michaelfury

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

    CNN.........what's wrong with your servers?

    August 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ronald Raygun

    gentiles smell like pigs

    August 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Liberal in KS

    How lod do we yell 'CUT OFF PAKISTAN'S AID' B4 someone listens?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rob

    We owe China a trillion dollars from U.S. bonds they bought. They owe us over a trillion dollars for intellectual property piracy, spying, costs from hacking attacks, etc., so let's designate the bonds they bought null and void and we'll call it even.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MommaHanna

      Rob for President!!!! – Alas, someone with a REAL solution!

      August 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard

    Screw the Pakistanis. They aren't our friends and never were.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NoTags

    I believe Pakistan will be the way al Qaeda acquires nuclear weapons. I believe it's only a matter of time until the the U.S. is attacked with a WMD.

    Back in 2005 Robert Mueller head of the FBI stated; "I am also very concerned with the growing body of sensitive reporting that continues to show al Qaeda's clear intention to obtain and ultimately use some form of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-energy explosives"

    August 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Percy

      Robert Mueller prances around in J. Edgars evening gowns.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RuffNutt

    Good grief Ronald Raygun,you must be a fan of Sarah Palin. Such Tea Party lingo. That has to stop. It's as simple as that.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MommaHanna

      Malarky! Never have I heard anyone from the Tea Party or Sarah Palin's camp compare Gentiles with Pigs. You sir, are part of the mis-quotation and mis-insinuation problem in today's society! Stop being part of the problem.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Percy

    The Imperial American Empire is coming to an ignominious end. Done in by bankruptcy – just like Britain and the Soviets.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AllOutNole

    While stationed in South Korea several years back I was told by the local Koreans that you could smell Pakistani men even before you could see them. I laughed about it at first, thinking it was some sort of stereo-type comment, then one day out of the blue, I smelt major body odor when I entered a local copy shop in Seoul. Needless to say, there were a group of Pakistani men in the corner and I couldn't even order anything due to the overwhelming stinch. I'm not saying all Pakistani men stink but a great deal of them surely do.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bosephus

      It smells like that in the convenience stores they run here in the red white and blue too. They also eat with their dang fingers right after taking a poop!

      August 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RuffNutt

    Good post,RuffNutt,thank you MFKer.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daddy2010

    Well, I'm shocked.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bill

    The next time Pakistan has floods and earth quakes, let china send them aid. With us it is over and out.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • chumlee

      Your request is denied. You must send at least double the amount or else !

      August 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MommaHanna


      August 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tabloids suck

    withhold all aid to everyone. start bombing with the big nukes. let's get it over with!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill Rich

    End of US aids to Pakistan ?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry S

      I'm with you. We should stop ALL aid to ALL countries until we can get our own debt paid off. I say stop paying lawmakers that give it all way.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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