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. mike

    QUESTION: If its obvious China is stealing and hacking away all our military, business and technology secrets, why do US Corporation continue to offshore jobs there, invest there, and do business there?????

    Is that not a HUGE conflict of interest?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jared

    And? It's not like we wouldn't do it either. lol. We are good at pointing fingers and that's it, sadly.

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

      That's what Obama and his administration does best. Point fingers and never take responsibility for anything.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dot8

    Why do we keep on trusting Chinese thieves and copycats?, We should have already known by now that this is the only thing they are good at and we should also have known that Pakistan are good liars and is corrupted.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Canadian

    I cant believe how much you American's help other countries. I cant speak for other countries but
    in Canada all I see on TV is how much these people hate you and you still fork out billion's and billions for aide.
    when Hurricane Katrina happened I didn't see any other country run to your rescue other than some Canadian helicopters. I could be wrong but it seems a little unfair? America is not perfect but what country is?( On behalf of Canada thanks for unrecognized humanitarian help, not all countries hate America)

    August 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whizzles

      Everybody wanted to help us, but the US wanted to "clean up" their own mess AKA not let anyone outside see how disordered the USA. The help offered by the outside was REJECTED by our own government.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Canadian

    cant believe how much you American's help other countries. I cant speak for other countries but
    in Canada all I see on TV is how much these people hate you and you still fork out billion's and billions for aide.
    when Hurricane Katrina happened I didn't see any other country run to your rescue other than some Canadian helicopters. I could be wrong but it seems a little unfair? America is not perfect but what country is?( On behalf of Canada thanks for unrecognized humanitarian help, not all countries hate America)

    August 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    About time we stop military intrusions all over.
    We send stealth chppers violating another country's airspace, who is an ally & has lost 30,000 lives in this war on terror , carry out a covert mission which doesn't remain covert as we lose a chopper. Rile that country & its people no end. And then expect them to watch our interests?

    Such risks would remain as long as we continue military intrusions every which place.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunsaregreat

      You have to remember that OBL had been living in that compound for about 6 years, so you can't really trust a govt that cant find or didn't want other countries to find him. With OBL that close to a military base in a populated area one can only assume that the Paki Govt knows he is there.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ME

    @ Big Paulie: Because all those "Please stop sheltering mass murderers in your country" requests were so useful, right?

    August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Perkins

    Wasn't the stealth chopper made in China? I thought everything was made in China these days.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sikorsky Executive

    If we don't get a VERY large check for each one of these that China produces at 1/3 the cost we're making them, I'm going to be VERY cross with Obama!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Redeye Dog

    Did China see it? LOL!!!

    They probably already compared it to their counterfeit stealth helicopter version to see whether they got the specs right from previous leaks obtained through normal espionage channels..

    This is old news for China...

    August 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Apul M'Deek Aoud

    Someone just drop a nuke on the Paki will Ya?

    We ARE at war with them, ask any Paki, they'll tell you.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George

    One thing China is great at is copying or duplicating things. It's part of their economic success. The US in big trouble now.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. david

    Doesn't matter. The way technology changes it will be antiquated in a couple of years.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    To all those folks who are so fond of wanting to nuke other countries, I would like to ask. Do you even know the horrors of a nuclear device exploding over populated cities ? Go and ask those in Hiroshima & Nagasaki.
    And to think that today's nuclear devices are a thousand times more devastating.
    We do that once more and all those countries possessing nukes would be morally relieved to use the same against their percieved enemies. What a beautiful world would that be.
    I just hope and pray that my kids & grand kids and those of my fellow Americans never never have to watch that horror ever on their TV screens.
    May sanity always prevail in this great country of ours.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. txkboy

    When is the government going to wake up and realize the Pakistani's are not our friends or allies! Recoup the rest of the aid package. If you REALLY want to sent the Pakistani government a strong message, start with giving the $800 million to India. The Chinese are poised for world domination. The fighter that looks similar to our F-35, a new aircraft carrier (to threaten Taiwan with), now looking for stealth technology. Think it's time to rethink our strike packages yet?

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

      LOL, China really isn't even a player on the international military stage, they have a force of antiquated, obsolete equipment, and they haven't had any practical combat experience since the early 1950's.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Everything about china is so bootlegged and fake. the name(china) alone conjures up fakeness, cheats, copycats,bootleg, hypocrites...

      August 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eugene

      Hear! hear! Agreed.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirk Waldon

      This shouldn't be a story at all because we already had 'drone aircraft bombing that country at will. So why didn't the CIA just level the place X3.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Akol

      The same is being said in every street of pakistan (I am not a pakistani). When is the pakistani government going to realize that US is not their friend? US used pakistan during the USSR invasion of afghanistan. Asked pakistan to build madrasas to recruit fighters (as US was not directly confronting USSR). Once the war was over, left pakistan to suffer with their madrasas. No aid of any sort, no assistance to dismantle this infrastructure, all in all a corrupt, ultra corrupt, ugly political system which care less for the home grown terrorist than filling their swiss banks. Even till today, the US aid is ending up in swiss banks and the US knows this very well. inspite of all available info, if the US aid is still reaching swiss banks via paki corrupt politicians, then US has a hidden agenda, maybe.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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