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. The dude

    If the US wasn't here for the Chinese to steal from, they'd revert back to their feudal warlord past.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Well the US is here for them (and Israel) to steal from, so your point is moot.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cpa

    I am happy that we cut some of the funding but WHY ARE WE GIVING THEM ANNNNNNNNNNY MONEY?!?!?!?!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Name

      The government hopes it will help the people, but of course that is not the case...

      August 15, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jay

    Sam – Great Point.

    "How about you two idiots have some "balls" and enlist. If you're not willing to fight then quit telling others in the position what to do".

    Most of these hawks have never seen a gun or missile staring them. We have lost so many kids between 19 & 28 years that it makes your head spin. Chris Mathews suggested that we make the inscription mandatory and then see what these little A@#^%&* have to to say.

    When you send your young kids to a stupid war without exit strategy & without any direct threat to the country..It makes no sense. I feel really SAD for the folks who have lost their young BRAVE kids in these stupid conflicts.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • shane

      thanks buddy

      August 15, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      Dont you mean conscription? And No, they did nto fight and/or die for left wing pansy loser...

      August 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jimmymax

    Time to cut ALL financial aid to Pakistan.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. steveNYC

    Maybe we can blame this on George Bush too?

    August 15, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. jimmymax

    Like you could actually do that. You don't even know how to reply to someone in the same thread on a message board.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Says the guy who can't reply to someone in the same thread on a message board.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Cpa

      Its computer lag you idiot. Finding an IP address is taught in community college classes haha. Good one though.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ummm

      who are you talking to?

      August 15, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • BATES949


      August 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      @jimmymax (in case my response also does not appear in the same thread as the OP) oh the irony!

      August 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. michaelfury

    When are the SEALs going to get this guy?

    August 15, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    cut ALL the money we are giving them, now and forever!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. tom

    Hahaha china sees our secret tail section. Since they can only copy and never create, they will build non-stealth helicopters with stealth tails 😀

    August 15, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. TYN2isaPIG

    The reason for no peace is because of people like you TYN2

    August 15, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lew

    I agree with L82theshow, 800m is a dang good start, and we could only help ourselves more by looking into other unneeded expenses such as these, AND borrowing money to do it? I would be out of business in a month with that plan.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    China can't even make drywall correctly. Good luck making a stealth copter even with stolen US technology.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cpa

    you better be careful TYN

    August 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. tom

    Thats funny.. have you ever lived in America?

    August 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Not surprised. China steals everything. Thieves. And a major mess up by our wonderful special forces. It was a botched operation if China got this technology.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sy

      I agree! It was not a surprise at all. Only the retards believe and trust the Chinese government.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JT


      You do remember the mission we're talking about took out Osama bin Laden without any American loss of life, right? I'd say it was incredibly sucessful.

      From what I remember reading, the main way they avoided detection was by simply avoiding areas of radar coverage. After a decade of war in Afghanistan, I'm sure there are more than a couple helicopter parts that may have fallen into Chinese hands.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
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