Pakistan Let China Inspect Osama Raid Stealth Copter

If report is confirmed, it would worsen already terrible US-Pakistan relations
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2011 5:05 AM CDT
Updated Aug 15, 2011 7:57 AM CDT
Pakistan Let China Inspect US Stealth Copter in Osama Raid
The wreckage of a helicopter next to the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed. Secret until now, stealth helicopters may have been the key to the success of the Osama bin Laden raid.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Zubair, File)

Despite US protests, Pakistan allowed Chinese officials to inspect the remains of the American secret stealth helicopter left behind after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, reports Reuters. A spokesman for the ISI, Pakistan's top spy agency, denied the accusations, but new reports indicate that Pakistan not only allowed Chinese intelligence to take pictures of the wreckage, it also allowed representatives to take samples of the stealth vehicle's special radar-evading skin.

"The US now has information that Pakistan, particularly the ISI, gave access to the Chinese military to the downed helicopter," said an intelligence official. US-Pakistan relations, already at the lowest point in decades, would sink even further if the report is confirmed. (Read more US-Pakistan relations stories.)

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