Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pakistan gives China access to a U.S. helicopter

If this report from the Financial Times proves to be true, then the tension between Pakistan and the United States is going to escalate.

The report suggests that Pakistan allowed China to take photographs of the U.S. helicopter left behind in Pakistan in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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.

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