What's the Truth about the Chinese Dissident?
Assuming the Chinese activist isn't changing his mind every few hours, the press is getting lies from every quarter. Chen Guangeheng has left the safety of the US Embassy in Beijing for a nearby hospital. In a phone interview with the Associated Press, Chen says he was "persuaded" to leave the safety of the US Embassy and if he didn't his wife would be forced back to her home village where there would be no guarantee of her safety from Chinese police. The internet becomes a true representative of freedom here. Before cell phones, the world would be shut out and wouldn't know where he was and what he had to say about whom is holding whom. Speaking out to British Channel 4 News, Chen asks where are the Americans who were successful in getting him out of the Embassy? "I don't understand why...They promised to be here," in the hospital. Chen says he has no medical reason to be in the hospital. "I came because of an agreement. I was worried about the safety of my family. A gang of them have taken over our house...They've turned our house into a prison, with seven cameras and electric fence all around." Channel 4 says Chen emphatically wanted to leave the country with his family. A CNN report said Chen and his wife want to seek political asylum in the United States. In contrast, the US says "Mr. Chen made it clear from the beginning that he wanted to remain in China and was NOT seeking political asylum in the US. Since his release from prison 19 months ago, Chen and his wife were under house arrest and they claim they endured repeated beatings. Unless this man can NOT make up his mind on what he wants, the Chinese and the American Embassy are lying about what he wants. A Chinese artist and dissident Al Weiwei blogged, "Could it be the blind man (Chen is blind) has been betrayed? Or that he has been abandoned? It's obviously a business transaction." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is coincidentally in Beijing at this time, discussing business with the Chinese.