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. US Government Spokesman

    But as long as Steve Jobs can get filthy rich off of Chinese slave and child labor then we just don't care what China does.. 🙂 Now be a good American and stop whining.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scrfuuumbuy

    Ah yes PU$$IES. Something China is lacking quite a bit of nowadays. I'm guessing the next gay revolution is going to start in Beijing when all the girl babies have been killed off.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JIm

    Keep trolling, your mama is about to bring you dinner, I see that your computer is doing great job keeping your virginity intact! What a loser.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. scrfuuumbuy

    China is not communist dumba$$. When their economy had a hiccup people had to go back to the farms because there was _no_ safety net. That's 100% capitalist right there.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gman

    Upcoming military superpower, what a joke. China can't even build their own aircraft carrier(s). They need Russian junk to refit. Chinese govt is good at exploiting their workforce to fab cheap, and sometimes dangerous products to sold to dumb American's. Upcoming superpower; lol!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Don't under-estimate the Chinese. If they can destroy an orbiting satellite they are no slouches. They are winning the economic war they are already waging on us, and which most of us are too stupid to realize. They are regularly making cyber attacks in preparation for making devasting economic attacks that will soften us up before the actual shooting begins. We could all be kissing our Chinese masters' a$$es in the not too distant future.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scrfuuumbuy

    Yes, your range of 1/2 way around the world is much larger than the US range of 1/2 way around the world.
    Maybe your missiles will fly twice around the globe before landing?

    August 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    You deserved to be smacked for comments like that....

    August 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. US Government Spokesman

    Osama Bin Laden was tossed off the side of a Navy carrier like Megatron in the movie Transformers. In other words: Your government can't even be original in it's lies. Obama Biden 2012!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. scrfuuumbuy

    Why would anyone want to invade China? Besides the tiny country of Taiwan has held China at bay for decades. We could just ask them to take you out.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JIm

    The only thing you will rule is your virginity. Get a life you nerdy freak.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. scrfuuumbuy

    Soo... You're looking for radioactive resources?

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

    LOL; YSK = You Suck Kawk

    August 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN IDIOTS

      chinese kawk is inferior

      August 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. scrfuuumbuy

    Listening to you... HAHAHAHA...
    Is like watching bad anime... HAHAHAHAA....
    Right speed racer? HAHAHAHA....
    HAHAHAHA....

    August 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. USA

    China is still a country of half starved peasants. the only technology they have is stolen. their is no creative process. they are a country of laboring slaves.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      And thieves!

      August 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • chumlee

      Canada is the China of the North. Look @ Vancouver.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Last I checked they had the most powerful super-computer. Don't under-estimate your enemy ... and they really are our enemy.

      August 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      You are correct chumlee!
      That's why vancouver is a shi$:& hole
      And glad I dont live there

      August 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bible Thumper

    Yesssss! Praise Jesus-uh... Bring on the rapture with our Chinese brethren! Thank you dragon empire for bringing the end... Praise be to dragon!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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