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. B

    Coming from an American troll...you're a smart one.

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

    what blows my mind is if they really wanted to destroy it then why didn't they just go on the other side of the wall to destroy the tail....there is obviously more to this story than what is being reported....granted CNN is probably just milking it

    August 15, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. kurtinco

    Making comments like these are exactly why you and others like you will never know the love of God. Rot in a fiery hell you sick mutha.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. PD

    Dont know what the fuss is about. The chinese will just see it , make it and then sell it to the US at 1/10th its current price. Old habits die hard.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frangible

    Oh great, Chinese stealth suits. Just what we needed.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      I had that suit in Fallout...it was awesome!

      August 15, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      What's the big deal? China can't even make drywall correctly. Even with stolen US technology, anything they build will be a piece of crap anyway just like everything that comes out of China.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. bostoncreme

    I am neither white nor an American, yet I have already reported you as abuse.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. ISI supported the taliban and OBL

    Pakistan supported the taliban and Osama Bin Laden. This is the country that made the taliban.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • BoB

      To help them fight off the Soviets... Which, at the time, was a greater threat. Now before you start bashing America, learn that they do everything for a reason.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • reality

      When American leaders have already accepted that they have supported the Osama and Talibans in past ,than who are you to change that history ?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cpa

    TYN2 – you have been reported to CNN and I am forwarding your messages to a tip line at the FBI.

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

    Yeah, it's all America's fault. Making comments like these are exactly why you and others like you will never know the love of God. Rot in a fiery hell you sick mutha.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    I hope somebody is keeping an eye on this dude...

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

    Suicide bombers make a bold statement.
    There is no God.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
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    i try and help out... i know that muslims are the trully evil ones, how do i know do you ask? easy they don't tip no matter how good of service you give them... that is why i always put a piece of pork in every pizza...sometimes i put inside a beef chunk or cut it up into little bits... lol...

    August 15, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. yannaes

    I am a vegetarian, and I do not eat meat. Jesus loves you, and so do the Christians I know..God Bless you, sir.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. vfr800cr250

    America is the problem, unless of course your nation just experienced a natural disaster or was attacked by a much stronger military force in which case you will immediately be calling upon America to solve your problems. I'm not saying America is perfect and never without blame, just that you can't focus completely on the bad without taking into account the good or you won't have a complete understanding of the overall picture.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cpa

    Im being serious. I just entered a tip on the FBI site about his account on CNN.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
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