Another Backstab? Pakistan Likely Granted China Access to Downed US Helicopter
August 15, 2011
More disturbing news this morning about Pakistan, who is supposed to be our ally in the fight against terrorism. The Financial Times reports Pakistan’s intelligence service has allowed a team of Chinese technicians to inspect the wreckage of the top-secret US special forces helicopter that crashed during the during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. After the super-stealth chopper crashed in the May 2 raid, the Navy SEALs smashed its instruments with a hammer and blew it up with explosives; however, its tail section landed intact outside the compound wall. China and Pakistan have for decades had strong military ties, and the U.S. government officially requested that Pakistan not grant the Chinese government access to the mostly-destroyed helicopter. According to the Time, Chinese military engineers surveyed the modified Black Hawk, photographed it, and took samples of its stealth “skin” that made it invisible to radar. The wreckage has since been returned to the U.S. U.S. officials say they have discussed the issue with Pakistani counterparts, who denied showing the remains to foreign governments.