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. ALKP

    That is the only way the chinese are able to build anything. By copying and stealing someone else's ideas and technology. They hack, spy, lie just so they can build something then say it is chinese made. They don't have the brains to come up with it themselves. Aircraft carrier is russian, the stealh jet is a copy of ours from secrets stolen. Losers!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Everyone does this...why spend any money on R&D when you can steal and copy?

      August 15, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cpa

    Are you kidding me right now

    August 15, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. tom

    Yes but it will be called the American Steelth Heicopter

    August 15, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    Readers you should know that the Chinise are supplying rockret lunchrer and other sophisticated weaponry to insurgents in Afgans, China is impenetrable by the CIA....this smuggling into Afgan is flourishing and lucrative too . Chinise took down our chapper...,Chinese want to search the area to remove evidence.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • kurtinco

      Awesome analysis. Where did you get your training, Pink Panther's Collegium Ineptia?

      August 15, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      What is a lunchrer? The LAUNCHERS came from Iran.
      I'll not comment on CIA operations in China.
      What is a chapper? Our HELICOPTER was brought down by pilot error. He got caught in a well understood ground effect turbulence and hit a wall.
      You are not a US citizen or even a resident. Your linguistic patterns and errors are of a rather well known nation and language.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. disgusted are an idiot. Stay off comments sections if you don't have anything to say that is worth our time.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. ThePatriot

    Go to hell.. better yet strap a bomb on and commit suicide lmao. You people are twisted, nothing but simple minded sheep. The US crept into a foreign nation (Paki) hundreds of yards from their military schools and took out the most wanted man in the world! When ever you cowards think you have a chance, remember that. We will bring your head home on a silver platter!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. jepee

    Pakistan will shed off anything for money, they should have given all the fighter planes and equipments we given to them to china to copycat it.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |

    So what if the Pakistanis did? Maybe the Chinese engineers just might give the right-wing thugs in Washington a run for their money! We need a counterweight to Washington's aggressive policies in Central Asia anyway!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. 1olddude

    And I love watching real time video of like you getting blown up by F-16's. Too bad the NATO forces in all the "Stans" don't tie a pund of bacon to your genitals before they kill you.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. tom

    TYN2 is a fake. I just looked up his IP.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      About 1/3 here are fake. I'm seeing a mixture of Libya, Iran and the PRC military network here.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    I don't trust the Pakistan government! We should keep our money here to help our economy and country,which can surely use it,and let the chinese give their money to pakistan since they are buddies with them.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lyndsie Graham

    Such is to be expected from a right-wing maniac like AGuest9 above. It never ends!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nuke Iran

    Screw these mf sand nigs. Pull the military out of the middle east, build refineries in USA, and open up drilling everywhere in USA including off shore. These idiots want to kill us all and each other!!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      I concur...

      August 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. specialforces

    The united states of America gives so much aid to countries around the world instead of ever taking care of our own!!! The united states of America should put up some kind of wall or something of that nature around its entire country and become self sustainable they are one of the few counties that. And if weren't born there or have a social security number then you have to get out! Jealousy is a B--ch!!! See how long you morons last!! But hey!, this is what we get for helping all these countries with our aid to those in need!! All the countries who needed us, need to stand up grab you balls

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

      Yes, we shall construct a giant defensive moat around the country. We will call it.... an ocean. *pinky in corner of mouth*

      August 15, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • jason

      Our Other Supposed "Ally" Israel is meeting with the Chief Military General of China selling our arms and technology to them this last weekend, and this is the country we give 30,000,000,000 Billion to every year compared to the 1 billion we give to Pakistan to fight al qaeda

      August 15, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Well I am sure all the America companies that export their products abroad would just love such a peachy idea.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Funny how the Great Wall of China was BYPASSED by invaders.
      You apparently missed the story about the incomplete tunnel from Mexico, under the RIO GRANDE RIVER and into the US that was nearly completed.
      Or the dozen other tunnels that have been discovered. Yep, a wall will stop those tunnels, alright!
      One thing I AM certain of: You are a minor child. You are not, nor will you ever be Special Forces. You wouldn't pass the training, nor the psychological screening. You are a pretender that has absolutely no clue of which you speak of.
      Whereas I HAVE BEEN THERE and met those SOB's that have attacked us.
      Now, go play with your playstation some more.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      First of all Jason its 3 billion, not 30 billion....and NO, Israel is not selling any of YOUR technology to China....just creting better ties since your muslim leader is sort of against Israel.....also, Israel probably has as good or even better technology then the US....although they do share much with the US...get your stories straight.....

      August 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ace

    What?! We don't outsource our stealth production to the Chinese?! This is NEWS!!!

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