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. rankno

    Of course they did and the Chinese paid a hefty price to see it. Neither of these governments are our friends so we need to stop pretending that they are.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tomiegat

    We should stop aid to everyone. We give China aid and they already let us borrow money from them? Make sense?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Roane

    Boy, with friends like these, who need enemies?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • harry

      Will you go into a friends house and beat up your enemy?

      August 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rep

      i agree for the most part. however, it did come on the heels of an unauthorized breach of their country and violation of their sovereignty. i'm glad we did it and happy with the outcome, but can you imagine if something like that was done here? if China or Russia came in to kill/capture one of its enemies who was hiding out in the US somewhere? i'm betting we'd damn near be at a full-scale war for sure....and many lives would be lost in the exchange that followed.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Red

    time to get out of that s-hole and turn off the financial aid faucet.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Roane

    Boy, with friends like this, who needs enemies?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. itchy

    justin beiber came out over the weekend

    August 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stan Paul

    United States steals from the Germany. In reality, NASA should stand for (German) National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Now if China in fact got hold of this technology, is it the property of the United States to begin with? So what else is new?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. citizenUSA

    It would be nice if we could allow China AND Pakistan to inspect the tip of a nuclear warhead.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Byrd

    Oh my goodness, they've seen our secret chopper! Whatever shall we do? Now the American people might find out about it too. Cripes, we're doomed!!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • whynot

      It may already have the "made in china" tag ??

      August 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AnotherObamaFailure

    Well this administration is going well...

    August 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Semiahmoo

    Never, ever forget that China is the enemy. Period. It might sound racist but Chinese immigrants can't be trusted because you never know which ones are loyal to the PRC. As far as I'm concerned they are all spies and will do anything for money.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      They're not called, "The Sleeping Giant" for nothing.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nichole

    Who are we kidding? It was probably made in China to begin with.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnBun

      haha! love it!

      August 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • TK

      Hahahaha, good one!

      August 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AnotherObamaFailure

    OMG, I just got an email from Cr%pthechinesestole.c0m offering me 17% off on my very own stealthy helicopter!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. thegadfly

    I forget: Is Oceania at war with Eurasia now, or Eastasia?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ChinesePatentInfringers

    These hericopters will rook ruvry on the p00p deck of the airclaft callier we bought flom Lussia!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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