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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soundoff (824 Responses)
  1. Wzrd1

    You seem to forget, it was the US that was attacked. A DOZEN TIMES. First, US embassies, which killed thousands per attack. THEN, the WTC was bombed. We did nothing, save shoot some cruise missiles at empty camps.
    Then, the WTC airliner attacks, which dropped those towers and killed 3000 American workers.
    So, we nicely asked the Taliban for Al Qaeda's leaders for trial, the Taliban refused and swore to protect them.
    So, it was war.
    Personally, I advocated for a thermonuclear strike with 6 large yield warheads at specific locations that would have eliminated Al Qaeda, fallout being ignored.
    So, civilians got killed. It IS a shame. It's called war. Wars are messy, hence why they should be avoided whenever possible.

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

    The Obamanazi would have given them the plans for the copter if they would just ask him for them.

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

      Did your parents have any children that aren't brain dead?

      August 15, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sue

    Go read a history book and get back to us. Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot killed millions up millions. America doesn't have the market cornered on bloodshed by any means. These are human issues which demonstrate what a stupid species we are...all of us, no matter the religion.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. jim c.

    There is a few billion dollars in R&D defense dollars thrown away gone in a flash.

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

    China is producing secondary untraceable weaponry

    August 15, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lo

    You are an idiot. Please move to Afghanistan and see which country you like better.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lo

    Well if this isn't a re flag for the FBI/CIA then I don't know what is. Get on this guy.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. William

    if all the other loser countries would stop killing off each other and begging for our aid and then hating us for it I am sure we would love to stay home and watch you pound sand

    August 15, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Random

    Use a drone to drop off a few hundred strains of the common cold. Every one will call in sick. This will give us all some time to cool of and come up with a better solution. How man terrorists are strong willed enough to do anything with the sniffles.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cpa

    The FBI website now has a tip on the CNN account TYN2.

    Im dead serious.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Random

    Can we keep it as a landing zone?

    August 15, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Fundies

    Pakistan is gay.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lo

    @Matt – It was all good until your KKK side came out racist. America doesn't want you either d-bag please go get shot in Afghanistan

    August 15, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    The world EXISTS because of America. If not for us, the whole planet would be living in caves just like yours. On a separate note, Matt, you're dumb racist fkcu.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. mb2010a

    tea party terrorist...

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