Pak gave China access to US chopper wreckage: report

Pak gave China access to US chopper wreckage: report

Chinese military engineers were ''probably'' given access by Pakistan to the wreckage of the US stealth helicopter that had crashed in Osama bin Laden's compound during the Abbottabad raid and Chinese engineers might even have walked away with samples, a media report said.

The US Navy SEALs who conducted the May 2 operation that killed the al Qaeda leader had tried to destroy the chopper after it malfunctioned but its tail section had remained largely intact.

The crashed helicopter appeared to have never-before-seen superior technology, including a special coating designed to elude air defences and radars.

"American spy agencies have concluded that it is likely that Chinese engineers — at the invitation of Pakistani intelligence operatives — took detailed photographs of the severed tail of the Black Hawk helicopter equipped with classified technology designed to elude radar," a report in the New York Times said.

Citing American officials familiar with classified intelligence assessments, the report said "such cooperation with China would be provocative, providing further evidence of the depths of Pakistan's anger over the bin Laden raid, which was carried out without Pakistan's approval".

"In the days after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan's intelligence service probably allowed Chinese military engineers to examine the wreckage of a stealth American helicopter," the report said.

A person with knowledge of the intelligence assessments said that the American case was based mostly on "intercepted conversations" in which Pakistani officials discussed inviting the Chinese to the crash site.

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