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Pakistan Let China See US Stealth Helicopter

From the UK’s Financial Times:

Pakistan lets China see US helicopter

By Anna Fifield in Washington
August 14, 2011

Pakistan allowed Chinese military engineers to photograph and take samples from the top-secret stealth helicopter that US special forces left behind when they killed Osama bin Laden, the Financial Times has learnt.

The action is the latest incident to underscore the increasingly complicated relationship and lack of trust between Islamabad and Washington following the raid.

"The US now has information that Pakistan, particularly the ISI, gave access to the Chinese military to the downed helicopter in Abbottabad," said one person in intelligence circles, referring to the Pakistani spy agency. The Chinese engineers were allowed to survey the wreckage and take photographs of it, as well as take samples of the special "stealth" skin that allowed the American team to enter Pakistan undetected by radar, he said.

President Barack Obama’s national security council had been discussing this incident and trying to decide how to respond. A senior official said the situation “doesn’t make us happy”, but that the administration had little recourse

Perhaps there is more to handling foreign relations than pronouncing the name of the country in an exaggerated fashion.

John Kerry, chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, went to Pakistan two weeks after the raid to secure the tail’s return.

So how could anything have gone wrong?

(By the way, this is the same John Kerry who has pushed for the US to give billions of dollars in more aid to Pakistan.)

At the time, Pakistani officials, who were livid that the US carried out the raid without informing Islamabad first, hinted that the Chinese were interested in looking at the wreckage, and photographs of the tail circulated on the internet. But people close to the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency have told the FT that the Chinese were in fact given access to the helicopter.

"We had explicitly asked the Pakistanis in the immediate aftermath of the raid not to let anyone have access to the damaged remains of the helicopter," said the person close to the CIA

And yet they did it anyway? It’s almost seems sometimes as if the Pakistanis are not on our side, after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Pakistan Let China See US Stealth Helicopter”

  1. heykev says:

    It wouldn’t suprise me if John Kerry arranged for the Chinese to take samples and photos.

    • tranquil.night says:

      It wouldn’t surprise me if that whole “grazing of the compound wall” story which supposedly lead to the hard landing and it having to be destroyed was arranged. If you’ve seen the picture, it’s more than just the “tail fin” than the whole modified tail section, including the sound suppressing rear rotors, that was left behind.

      The stealth hawks weren’t even publicized or officially known about until that operation. Experts speculated that we might’ve been using them for years, but the first one happened to go down on a mission that had critical importance and maximum preparation.

      Not much would surprise me anymore.

  2. Rascal says:

    “Perhaps there is more to handling foreign relations than pronouncing the name of the country in an exaggerated fashion.”

    Yeah, but you sound so cool when you do it and isn’t that really what matters?

  3. GetBackJack says:

    John Kerry went to Pakistan to secure some tail.

  4. BigOil says:

    Since sending Lurch and asking Pakistan nicely didn’t work, Barry should get tough and send the Paki’s a sternly worded letter.

    Of course, none of this would be necessary if the compound had been flattened months earlier – when they first learned OBL’s currier was traced to the compound.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Even his one marginally correct decision still somehow manages to produce the Chaos Effect. Is anyone that good at bad?

  6. proreason says:

    smart power

  7. Natural Born Citizen says:

    So let me get this straight. The Navy Seals who are demolition experts failed to properly detonate a top secret helicopter they were forced to leave behind? And the helicopter which has fuel on it does not completely explode? The whole tail section is left behind with no obvious signs of damage to it? That’s the story they are sticking with? Just like the rest of the story it sounds fishy to me.

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