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. chumlee

    Reading this board, I am more than convinced that most people on this planet should culled. Most humans are no worse or better than parasites. The eat, the breed and make war with eachother and die. All for what. Earth no longer can support such destruction. This evil species (Christians and Muslims) should be drowned like rats and burried underground for fertilizer.

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

      You are wrong. It is not Christians or muslims, but the extremists which are .05% of these two groups. Get your facts straight before you call these groups evil when their whole concept revolves around peace and love.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe the Plumber

      This is about the dumbest post I have seen in quite some time.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chumlee

    Reading this board, I am more than convinced that most people on this planet should culled. Most humans are no worse or better than parasites. The eat, the breed and make war with eachother and die. All for what. Earth no longer can support such destruction. This evil species (Christians and Muslims) should be drowned like rats and burried underground for fertilizer. .. .

    August 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe the Plumber

      Chumlee is a troll; his banal comments are meant to confuse; he is a plant. For what morons, I know not...

      August 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Al

    So they were able to see a destroyed helicopter. Does it really matter? Name one thing that Chinese make that is better than the U.S. product.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChinesePatentInfringers

      Essentiarry anything.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Like butter

      Everything... The US doesn't manufacture anything anymore. Hence that little "NO JOBS" snafu we are in...

      Thank a right wing fiscal conservative.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wobh

      Chow Mein

      August 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustClownin

      @Butter:

      EXACTLY. The key word is "greed." Companies outsource to save money, because they don't want to pay minimum wage to AMERICAN employees. The end result is that American dollars go to foreign countries via wages. So who are the real traitors? American corporations!

      August 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick M.

      let me guess one,Their economy sure is better,lol.

      August 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tom

    Pakistan is the father and Mother of Taliban ( Terror )
    Pakistan is birth place of Taliban.
    stop all aid to them NOW!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    We intrude into a country which is an ally, has lost 30,000 lives in this war on terror, carry out a covert mission which doesn't remain covert. Lose a chopper. Rile that country's leadrship & people no end. And then expect co-operation from them
    That is not how affairs are conducted.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skeptic10787

      What?

      August 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. erich2112x

    Right, like when the Chinese photographers come walking up with lots of money, the Pakistanis are going to say, "STOP! STAY BACK!. This is the property of the U.S.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tom

    Were Terror come from ?
    were Taliban come from ?
    where Bin laden were found?
    where are the schools to become a Talib?

    only one respond PAKISTAN

    so stop all aid to Pakistan NOW.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ChinesePatentInfringers

    Anyone want photos of one gently used stealth rotor assembly?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ivan

    We should just stop sending any money to Pakistan, period. Let China fund them.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ryan in Michigan

    I used to support the idea of aid for Pakistan back when it seemed like they were actually trying hard in the War on Terror and to reshape their country in a better light. More and more evidence is coming forth like this and the suspected Al-Qaeda links in their military and political wings that Pakistan is betraying us. I believe it's time to cut ties with Pakistan before something really bad happens.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. citizenUSA

    Too bad we can't show them something that would turn them all into Teletubbies.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ronjon

    Betcha this info will not be part of Obama's re-election Bin Laden movie.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Patrick M.

    GO pakistan sell it to the highest bidder.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JohnBun

    I don't think the Chinese wants to replicate this one, stealthy piece of junk.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big Paulie

    Good, if I were Pakistan I'd have sold it to a greater enemy. You don't send your military into a sovereign nation without their permission and raid a complex. I'd love to see the press if Pakistan's ISI carried out an operation against a Christian enemy of the state on U.S. soil. I'm sure the teabaggers would have a stroke!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      I can tell you are a dumbacrat. Protecting America is job one you scank.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Actually, if the Pakistani ISI actually had an 'enemy of the state' located here in the US and they actually did something heinous; we would hand them over to them. We wouldn't be hiding them in some compound in Oklahoma. The bottom line, is the international community has recognized that OBL is a criminal and needed to be brought to justice; Pakistan chose to protect him. They can whine all they want, but we'd do exactly the same thing again if needed.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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