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. Wurd4u

    Yeah, that's it – it's all about Christianity. Yes, all of us Americans are Christians who wish to abolish any other race, creed or religion. Oh, wait – We have peace loving Muslims living here too!

    You're a moron! Get your head out of sand before one of your peace loving Muslim cuts it off...

    August 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. kilmoturtles

    See, if China would stop blocking Google they could have saved the cost of a trip and just googl'd ." how to build stealth aircraft" I did the same, and was able to turn my Honda Accord into a radar evading , top-speed 120 mph, cop avoiding force!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. TYN2 is an idiot

    So TYN2, how do you explain your comment? What exactly do you offer as evidence for your statement?

    August 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Christian

    Yes and when I hear "suicide bomber", "terrorist", and "honor killing" I think Christian, yeah right. Go sell your story to a mosque, no one in this country is fooled by your "Islam is a religion of peace" rhetoric. There are peaceful Muslims, but they are not following the Koran my friend.
    *Jesus is Lord*

    August 15, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. justmeinATL

    Pakistan, Afghanistan....Iran, parts of Iraq.... They all need to be sent rapidly back to the stone age.... Oh...Wait... They already act like they are 1/2 the time anyway with their backwards Sharia laws and all... Never mind... Already in the stone age.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • pherz

      They are back in stone age hence why they spy on our technology because they have nothing better.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Spec5

    they will copy it an sell it at wal mart for a low low price>

    August 15, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. ObserverW

    Your are the reason america is garbage. You ignorant jerk. Put some sunscreen on the back of your neck, read a book and spit out that tobacca bioootch......

    August 15, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Greenspam

    Meanwhile, USA continues to give aids to Pakistan.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • pherz

      au contraire mon fraire we're withholding aid not giving it.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. POD

    These people are NOT our friends.......especially China......they are on a mission to conquer the world.....not by military means but by economic domination fueled by our own stupidity and greed that seeks short term wealth for long term demise.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      lol, *hands you a pitchfork and torch. Ignorant warmonger. "WE" wouldn't be around much longer if it wasn't for them. Stop watching tv...yeah USA has propaganda too. If you haven't noticed we're friends with differences. China has done nothing but helps us. Ill remind you they also helped build the US...they have been part of the usa for hundreds of years.
      If you look into history to see what happened to them and the realize they have evolved...It isnt Mao's China anymore; They are preparing to evolve with the world not conquer it. Have you looked in a mirror lately my friend? What is it weve done the past 10 years... Because no matter how right you think it has been or is. The ENTIRE world doesn't seem to think so. (Its people like you that make it so were not welcome anywhere anymore)

      August 15, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Veritas

    Pakistan is obviously the most unreliable "partner" anyone can have. I don't understand why we are paying them any aid money at all.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • mIke

      This is the dilemma our leaders should answer. Are we reliable partner to them ? this is another question ?

      August 15, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. jj

    "America was involved in almost all major wars in human history". Really. America is only 235 years old. Human history dates back to around 150,000 years. TYN2 you are a total idiot and therefore make the perfect mus lim.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Arrrrgh

    No aid to any nations with nukes. You got enough $$$ for nukes then you obviously don't need aid.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. sbast18

    We need to let Pakistan go along its merry way, close our checkbook and our embassies, too. Later Dudes. Happy trails

    August 15, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. JustSayin

    The Chinese didn't steal anything, they were just repossessing what is left of some of the collateral we were using for our massive loans!!

    August 15, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. yellow

    Did you know apples grows on tree's?
    Who new??

    August 15, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • say what?

      I had no idea they grew on trees? That's just crazy talk..

      August 15, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
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