Did the Obama administration abandon Chen? Update: “No one from the embassy is here”

posted at 12:01 pm on May 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The story of Chinese democracy activist Chen Guangcheng took a bizarre turn this morning.  The dissident escaped house arrest and ended up at the US embassy in Beijing, with an injury to his foot in the escape.  The US then announced that they had negotiated safe passage to a hospital with the Chinese government, where Chen could be reunited with his family.  However, the AP reported a few minutes ago that the US told him that if he didn’t leave, the Beijing government would beat his wife to death — and now he fears for his life:

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng says a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had be not left the American Embassy.

Speaking by phone from his hospital room in Beijing on Wednesday night, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press that U.S. officials relayed the threat from the Chinese side.

Chen, who fled to the embassy six day ago, left under an agreement in which he would receive medical care, be reunited with his family and allowed to attend university in a safe place. He says he now fears for his safety and wants to leave.

Here was the story earlier today, from LifeNews and an earlier report from the AP:

In a new deal between the United States and China, Chen has left to a local hospital and is reportedly under American protection, as U.S officials have guaranteed his safety. U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke escorted Chen, according to an AP report, to the Chaoyang Hospital and, on the way there, Chen called his lawyer, Li Jinsong, who said Chen told him: “‘I’m free. I’ve received clear assurances.’” …

As part of the agreement that ended the fraught, behind-the-scenes standoff, U.S. officials said China agreed to let Mr. Chen receive a medical checkup and be reunited with his family at the hospital; his wife and two children joined him there Wednesday afternoon. He would then be relocated to a safe place in China where he could study at university — all demands activists said Mr. Chen had raised.

Clinton, in a statement, said Mr. Chen’s exit from the embassy “reflected his choices and our values” and said the U.S. would monitor the assurances Beijing gave. “Making these commitments a reality is the next crucial task,” she said.

It doesn’t sound as though Chen feels particularly “free” at the moment.  Did the Obama administration sell out Chen to the Beijing government?  If so, that sends a chilling message to democracy activists and dissidents around the world about American commitment to freedom, and Obama’s own insistence that he would be on the side of freedom-loving activists.

Update: LifeNews has this update:

As LifeNews has reported, media reports from AP and elsewhere indicate China and the United States agreed to a deal that allows Chen to receive a medical checkup and be reunited with his family at the hospital. He would then be relocated to a safe place in China where he could study at a university.

However, those initial reports turned out to the misleading, as new information surfaced showing Chen was reportedly pressured to leave the U.S. Embassy and accept the deal the United States struck with China to release Chen from its temporary protection. Now, Chen reportedly wants to leave China with his family, as he is worried about their safety.

Bob Fu, the president of ChinaAid, a U.S.-based human rights group that has worked closely with Chen and his Chinese supporters, says it has viewed relevant information released by the Chinese government regarding Chen’s release and says it was coerced. He and others have pointed out that Chinese officials have threatened Chen’s family and made suggestion it would kill his wife if Chen did not leave the U.S. Embassy.

Now, Fu tells LifeNews that Zeng Jinyan, wife of Chen’s best friend Hu Jia, posted a tweet which indicates that the media failed to report the correct information about Chen. he says sources inside China said the U.S. and Chinese governments have reached some kind of “shameful” agreement regarding Chen.

Zen Jinyan said on Twitter:  Guangcheng called me and told me that he didn’t say, according to media, “I want to kiss you” to Secretary Clinton.  What he actually said was “I want to see you.”

Chen’s activism includes opposition to China’s brutal one-child policy.  His imprisonment came as a result of exposing some of the government’s enforcement methods of their policy, one reason why LifeNews is covering this story so closely.

Update II: Looks like the abandonment is complete.  Chen told the media that no one from the embassy bothered to show at the hospital, and now Chen needs some other country’s help to get out of China:

U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke escorted Chen, according to an AP report, to the Chaoyang Hospital. However, the human rights group ChinaAid says received reports from reliable source that Chen’s decision for departure from the U.S. Embassy was done reluctantly because “serious threat to his immediate family members were made by Chinese government” if Chen refused to accept the Chinese government’s offer.

Now, Chen has spoken to the media for the first time and says he has been abandoned at the hospital.

“Nobody from the (US) Embassy is here. I don’t understand why. They promised to be here,” he told Channel 4, saying he had received promises he would have U.S. personnel with him there.

Asked if he was at the hospital because of his health, Chen told Channel 4, “No. I came because of an agreement. I was worried about the safety of my family. A gang of them have taken over our house, sitting in our room and eating at our table, waving thick sticks around. They’ve turned our home into a prison, with seven cameras and electric fence all around.”

He also said he wants to stay in China:  “My biggest wish is to leave the country with my family and rest for a while. I haven’t had a Sunday [rest-day] in seven years.”

The Obama administration insists that Chen told them he wanted to stay in China.  Does that match the facts so far?


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J.E. Dyer on May 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Chen should have hit on the ROK’s.

In Beijing, they are the best for this sort of thing.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

That sentence fragment is a dead giveaway that it was a crock. What ‘safe place’ is there in China for those the government goes after?

ProfessorMiao on May 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Why, in the Chinese Gulag, one is free to work himself to death.

And, if he isn’t a Christian, some of the “inmates” can teach him about Christ, too.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

verbaluce on May 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

It’s tough defending fellow leftist pieces of garbage, isn’t it child?

MNHawk on May 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

OK You seem to know what you are talking about.

I dont know the details of the events. How did he escape? How did he get to the embassy? Were there any witnesses that saw him leaving his home or arriving at the embassy? How did the press get wind of this? Just don’t like jumping to conclusion until I know what happened. “Question everything”-Alexander Grahmn Bell

steel guy on May 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Abandoned? Ed you have been around AP too long. Tell me if they ever embraced him and I’ll tell you if they abandoned him. Of course they did not want that kind of truth to be embraced but if Mr. Chen was gay that’s another story , i guarantee.

Fuquay Steve on May 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Agreed. We’ve had the help of other embassies in the past; I wonder if the willingness is there anymore.

J.E. Dyer on May 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Well first, you have to ask for help. Which you might get around to doing after you are done taking your victory lap in the media because Chen chose you first. If, that is, you don’t later decide to get brownie points from the Chicoms for giving him up. Nothing personal Chen, you understand, it’s just business.

Lily on May 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Has Ed Morrissey adopted the Fox News practice of dolling up unfounded accusations as rhetorical questions?
Makes one appear to just be asking a question…not.

verbaluce on May 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

For “unfounded accusations”, there are FOUR links providing context to this story. Couple that with several of the comments pointing out how defections through embassies work… and you SHOULD be asking that same question.

This seems like either a MAJOR ideological shift in foreign relations and our willingness to provide safe harbor for political refugees, or the State department MAJORLY screwed up.

Now whether it is on purpose or not… Ed is just voicing the question that many of us were already considering.

dominigan on May 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Spoken softly by Laurence Olivier— “Is it safe?”

Xyz22 on May 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Chen should have hit on the ROK’s.

In Beijing, they are the best for this sort of thing.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Sad, but true.

Lily on May 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Very true, and it appears we didn’t do anything along those lines. This really is disgusting. It will be God looking out for fools, drunks, and the United States if Obama’s repeated efforts to demonstrate our weakness and passivity don’t result in a major body blow to our security before November.

J.E. Dyer on May 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Obama loves pro abort china. It’s pretty simple. He also love China’s model of communism, in my honest opinion.

Gatekeeper on May 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Zen Jinyan said on Twitter: Guangcheng called me and told me that he didn’t say, according to media, “I want to kiss you” to Secretary Clinton. What he actually said was “I want to see you.”

He’d like to see Clinton, not kiss her. Smart guy.

Maybe the media isn’t getting all the details quite right yet.

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Is anyone really surprised by this? This administration is not going to help a guy who opposed abortion, even forced abortions, and they certainly aren’t going to anger our largest creditor to do it.

mbs on May 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

It is clear that one had to be blind to want to kiss her.

anikol on May 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

that sends a chilling message to democracy activists and dissidents around the world about American commitment to freedom

So did the earlier WH messages to dissidents in Honduras and Iran. Neither of these two groups are surprised by the Obama administration’s treatment of Chen.

DrStock on May 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

“No one from the embassy is here”

Dave’s not here.

Fallon on May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

He also said he wants to stay in China: “My biggest wish is to leave the country”

What?

Great reporting there.

bernverdnardo1 on May 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Chinese threatened to kill his wife. He had to leave. And dimwits here blame Obama.

lester on May 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

You, Obama and Biden, Hillary too, have BLOOD on your hands. May all of you NEVER have a night’s rest. May your souls burn in Hades but may your conscience NEVER let you rest, you abhorring killers and enablers of such.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Obama always throws anyone under the bus the second they become an inconvenience to him. His pastor of 20+ years, his own grandmother, the EPA guy who wants to crucify energy companies, the list goes on and on.

We should not let the spineless weasel get away with this one.

Adjoran on May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Chinese threatened to kill his wife. He had to leave. And dimwits here blame Obama.

lester on May 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

May ALL your kind be stricken with what you offer to the Iranian and all the dissidents of the world. If there is a god, s/he will do you in in kind. YOU deserver NO less, all of you, you g-darned monsters. YOU are a pathetic lot.

Media, may all of you spontaneously combust for dereliction of duty and hypocrisy of the first rate.

Nobel dies again.

Lefties are never truly liberal. They are thugs, the world over.

Name me one populace, one person, who is more free, due to Obama, outside of SEIU and the Black Panthers, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The Beijing Embassy and the US State Department screwed the pooch from the moment Chen walked in.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The only thing Obama ever does, aside from lie, is to scroom the pooches.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

The Obama administration also murdered 10 white babies last night.

Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

YOU have blood on your hands too. May you never rest for it, you charlatans. YOU are not for liberty, never.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Agreed. I am heartsick over this. What a shabby performance by the leadership dictatorship of my country (and that enabling tyranny all over)

J.E. Dyer on May 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

And dimwits here blame Obama.

lester on May 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

And to think that just a few short years ago GW Bush was blamed for somehow personally arranging that whole mess out in Abu Ghraib. Even well after it was documented that the Bush DoD immediately began an Article 32 investigation under the UCMJ and was preparing to prosecute when the Abu Ghraib events first hit the press. And those out at Abu Ghraib were several hundred steps in the chain of command between Abbu Ghraib, the 800th MP Brigade and the White House.

But this is somehow different?

The Ambassador in any country is the personal representative of the President of the United States.

Two senior members of Obama’s Cabinet were/are present in Beijing as this Chen fiasco unfolded.

And you believe that Obama was never informed? Never had an inkling? Never knew squat about any of this?

This high-profile of an event?

Yeah, I blame Obama.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

The only thing Obama ever does, aside from lie, is to scroom the pooches.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Wow, that that’s some thoughtful and relevant commentary.
And to think people say Obama’s foes have difficulty with substantive critiques…

verbaluce on May 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Obama campaign slogan for 2012:

I killed Osama Bin-Laden Chen Guangcheng.

Yeah.

That has a ring of honesty to it, now.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Perhaps the source is being misleading or misunderstood (it is the Associated Press after all).

Does it really seem likely that Chen would start saying this sort of thing to the foreign press immediately after having left the safety of US custody?

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Perhaps. Or maybe this is his last chance to say anything to the press at all.

magicbeans on May 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

When they come to get me, Ba-Rick, I hope you’ll be more help’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgKijgiqkcg&t=45s

robertb on May 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Cowardlycall.com anyone???

ScottG on May 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

BTW, US Ambassador Gary Locke escorted Chen into Chinese hands, personally.

The same Gary Locke who was Obama’s Secretary of Commerce before being handed the Beijing post after Jon Huntsman came home.

And somehow Obama knew nothing of this?

,

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Here’s a version of the story from a popular China expat-targeted website: http://shanghaiist.com/2012/05/03/chen-guangcheng-us-embassy.php

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Btw, OT: lorien, if you come by, you might be interested in this slightly dated article on the site linked above.

I strongly encourage you to get a passport and come visit China.

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Appears that Chen was going to be a major stumbling block when Madame Hillary went to kow-tow to the Chinese government begging for more money?

Well, one of the vocal posters here said the other night that if it took more than a billion dollars, all the money in the entire US treasury, even, to kill bin-Laden it was worth it…and Romney suggesting that we spend what little money we had more wisely was some sort of cold-hearted death calculus…and now we know.

Chen is worth one-trillion Chinese-owned US dollars.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

And to think people say Obama’s foes have difficulty with substantive critiques…

verbaluce on May 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

About as many people that say leftist pieces of garbage are confident enough in their ideas to now always feel the need to deflect from the topic at hand.

Thanks for the setup, chumplett.

MNHawk on May 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

It’ll be fun watching the libs try to put lipstick on this pig.

claudius on May 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Daaayummm!

It certainly isn’t my father’s China anymore. :-)

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 3:09 PM

verbaluce on May 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

YOU and him have blood on your hands. Live with it and stay focused. May you never be at piece. May you have nightmares about the dissident and his family. YOU enable Obama and he enables the tortures. Live with it. Focus.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

When Chen Guangcheng eventually meets Neda Agha-Soltan they’ll have a lot in common to talk about.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

DarkCurrent, you were wrong on this. Obama and his court are for torture. Their glory is more important than liberty, freedom, life.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

May you never be at piece peace, but may you be in pieces over this man and his family alone, you and Obama, Biden, Hillary and all the torturers in China.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I think everyone is missing something important here.

While we should always consider the competency and motive of this administration we should never forget the same of China’s government.

The Chi-cons could have somehow delayed our U.S. Ambassadors from reaching him at the hospital to make our government look bad in the process. (I know that’s not hard to do)

shick on May 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Does it really seem likely that Chen would start saying this sort of thing to the foreign press immediately after having left the safety of US custody?

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Perhaps. Or maybe this is his last chance to say anything to the press at all.

magicbeans on May 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Yep. Hillary and Barry/Baraka threw him to the wolves. Chen knows what’s going to happen now. It’s speak now or . . . well, you know the rest.

AZCoyote on May 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

That should be Chicoms.

shick on May 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

This was all too predictable, Obama rolled over for China at record speed.

Axion on May 2, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Well, it used to be done…almost routinely.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

It was easier to do back when we actually had competent people in charge of our government.

AZCoyote on May 2, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Certainly he will be much more flexible about this man’s fate after the election.

WeekendAtBernankes on May 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

For the first time I am ashamed to be an American.

cheetah2 on May 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

He also said he wants to stay in China: “My biggest wish is to leave the country with my family and rest for a while. I haven’t had a Sunday [rest-day] in seven years.”

Wants to stay in China? Biggest wish is the leave the country? Which is it? Not a word of that update makes any sense.

tmchugh on May 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Chen is worth one-trillion Chinese-owned US dollars thirty pieces of silver.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM

FIFY

pseudonominus on May 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Did the Obama administration abandon Chen?

Of course they did. You didn’t think Obama’s bowing to his masters all these years was fake, did you?

He also said he wants to stay in China: “My biggest wish is to leave the country with my family…

I guess this is the crap that passes for accurate reporting. How do they get that he wants to stay from that statement?

woodNfish on May 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I guess this is the crap that passes for accurate reporting. How do they get that he wants to stay from that statement?

Right. Somehow I expected more from LifeNews.com. They are the gold standard.

tmchugh on May 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

pseudonominus on May 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Thank you.

My sentiments exactly.

[Wonder how many understand what that means? Public education and such.]

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

DarkCurrent, you were wrong on this. Obama and his court are for torture. Their glory is more important than liberty, freedom, life.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I don’t doubt the Obama administration is as evil as we both believe.

On the other hand, I can easily believe most Chinese would rather stay in China than live in the US forever. That seems to be the case with many of my Chinese friends who’ve had the choice after living a while in the US.

DarkCurrent on May 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

What has happened to the once great country that I love? Pathetic…

pannw on May 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

He wouldn’t turn over the enemy-combatant Uighurs we captured, but two genuine dissidents walk up to our embassy or consulate and get the bum’s rush back into the bloody hands of the regime.

Got it.

DRPrice on May 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

What has happened to the once great country that I love? Pathetic…

pannw on May 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Asleep. Simply asleep. But, with God’s grace, soon to re-awaken.

To paraphrase Isoroku Yamamoto:

“I believe all the liberals have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

He also said he wants to stay in China: “My biggest wish is to leave the country with my family and rest for a while. I haven’t had a Sunday [rest-day] in seven years.”
———-

This is obviously bad reporting. I dont know what to believe.

Politricks on May 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Zero doesn’t need a big stink with China before the election. Of course, he’ll have more flexibility after he’s reelected.

ghostwalker1 on May 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

If only Hillary had kissed Chen first. Then the parallel would have been complete.

pseudonominus on May 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Tough call for whistle-tooth: The dissident or the communist.

PaCadle on May 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Zero doesn’t need a big stink with China before the election. Of course, he’ll have more flexibility after he’s reelected.

ghostwalker1 on May 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Yeah, like being able to just drag a man like that out of the embassy and throw him back into the street.

What a horrible tragedy. This is not what America does.

JellyToast on May 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

This is not what America does.

JellyToast on May 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Simas Kudirka.

There are a few others, as well.

Ironic, though, Kuduirka’s mother was born in Brooklyn.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

He also said he wants to stay in China: “My biggest wish is to leave the country with my family and rest for a while.”

This is obviously bad reporting. I dont know what to believe.
Politricks on May 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Reporting is relatively easy: all it takes are eighth-grade writing skills.

Propaganda is HARD. You have to keep going back and forth between the truth and the party line every few words. A story has to run through the mill a bunch of times before all the errors like this one get hammered out and all the “different sources” are telling the story in exactly the same way.

logis on May 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Good one coldwarrior. I had to steal it.

John_G on May 2, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Only one playing the race card is you and your right wing lunatics. All you do is bring race into every equation.
 
Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

 

The Obama administration also murdered 10 white babies last night.
 
Uppereastside on May 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM

 
I like you. You’re funny.

rogerb on May 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Wow we’re turning into a coward nation now.
Thanks Obama!

Lonetown on May 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Predictable.

When confronted with a crisis, Obama heads to the golf course.

Next, we’ll see him trying to pin the blame for this debacle on Hillary, Bush, Republicans, or low taxes.

landlines on May 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Did anyone ever anticipate President Downgrade–and his over-rated SecState–finding a principle or person worth standing up for in defiance of our largest creditor?

Neither did I.

rwenger43 on May 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Wow we’re turning into a coward nation now.
Thanks Obama!

Lonetown on May 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

He can’t use the Navy SEALs to help him win this PR battle. He’ll have to use his primary stormtroopers–the US media–to help.

rwenger43 on May 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

You know damn well Obowma didn’t walk away from a chien. Thems tasty!

CycloneCDB on May 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM

If only Hillary had kissed Chen first. Then the parallel would have been complete.

pseudonominus on May 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Sadly, the results are the same. Such a tragic betrayal. I’ve been praying for him ever since I read this thread much earlier today.
Being blind hasn’t prevented him from seeing. May God help him and his family.

bluefox on May 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

AP: Someone needs to update the story, from the AP:

Deal undone? Activist now wants to leave China
By ALEXA OLESEN and MATTHEW

Time for the Obama Administration to get out another version of their story.

parke on May 2, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Biden to the rescue: Hey, we can’t help it he didn’t see our people at the hospital.
/s

Hard Right on May 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Why didn’t Hillary suggest to the Chicoms that she wanted to meet with Chen’s wife and family inside the Embassy to try to get them to convince Chen to return to China- then smuggle them all out when the wife and family were safe in the building?

Leaving hostages behind is never a good plan.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2012 at 7:27 PM

The democrats don’t give a damn about freedom or individual rights. They live their life to keep you from living yours. Chen is just another example of their intentions.

ray on May 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Simas Kudirka.

There are a few others, as well.

Ironic, though, Kuduirka’s mother was born in Brooklyn.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

That ended well, at least.

After 4 years in the Gulag, his Brooklyn-born Mom’s status got Simas released and he finally came to the U.S.

The Coast Guard weasels, including an Admiral, who returned him to the KGB were given Article 15 punishments and shamed.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

It really is beginning to look like our leaders bungled this event spectacularly. I am praying that things are not as bad for this man and his family as some reports are making it seem. If those reports are accurate then our Dept of State should be ashamed.

mdavt on May 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Didn’t Biden endorse the one child policy before? This is really sickening..I guess the only people who are due human rights are in the middle east in places that have no chance to be a democratic country..I abhor this administration

sadsushi on May 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

profitsbeard on May 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Having a Mom from Waterbury certainly helped in the long run.

We’ve had a few over the years where the poor schmuck was given back before an evaluation at Post One was properly done…and a few where local conditions/issues precluded our being permitted to get the guy out…difficulty expands greatly in proportion to time wasted in the initial stages of the process.

But this case.

Chen was a known entity long before he walked in.

He was also the subject of a hot topic within China today.

Not like he was some dirt farmer from Hubei who just ambled in with dreams of having a small farm in Idaho.

One of the most contentious cases today still is that of Vitaly Yurchenko.

From the moment he walked in, just about everybody in Rome had heard about it and all across DC, as well. Was he a legit defector? Possibly. But his being highlighted immediately and then handed off, in the US, to a second tier bunch of novice handlers just made matters worse. That and his “dream” plans being shown to have had no possibility ever of being realized.

Normally, a defector or walk-in overseas is moved to a safe third country and a lot of face-time and interviews, records checking and such is undertaken before even a hint is given that the walk-in is heading to a more permanent location, to include the US, especially to the US..

Have to prove a few things…is he/she legit? What unique information do they possess that makes their immediate acceptance necessary? Harsh, but it comes down to what is their relative value. Harsh indeed. Medical conditions and general health. Emotional issues? Family? Paramours? Other encumberences. A host of other topics.

Most important…why? Why walk-in? Now? Today?

We do not take in every person who approaches an American embassy and says they want to go to America and trip the light fantastic.

Sometimes compelling stories are told…only to be discovered later all was fabrication. Hence, not immediately taking them to the US.

Once we do that…they “own” us and we are on the hook for a lot for a long long time. Once landed on American soil…they also have the same Constitutional Rights as any US person. “Control” is generally lost if they are brought to the US prematurely.

Can’t go into all sorts of details…and won’t. Just a cursory look being given.

But there is an art to meeting, identifying, evaluating and processing walk-ins/defectors and asylum seekers.

In this case, it would appear that the SOP was not being followed.

Like I said earlier…if done properly, Chen and family would be somewhere else tonight, safe, outside of China, and in the hands of people trained and experienced to handle them until their last port of call was identified and all the roadblocks removed for their arrival….then we’d all be told at some point, if they desired, that Mr. A or Mr. B and family had “defected” or sought asylum…a done deal, a fait accompli, and the flap over all of this would have been generally avoided.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

“Gutsy move”

deadite on May 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Soon, Chen will be dead and the Obama Administration can continue selling our future to the Chinese.

“There’s gonna be some bumps along the way”

BobMbx on May 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

It really is beginning to look like our leaders bungled this event spectacularly.

mdavt on May 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

BBC is now suggesting that it was Chen who reneged on the deal that the US imposed on him.

Why anybody would suggest that when these cowardly Dems have a history of moving the goalposts is beyond me. You’d think the world media wouldn’t put so much credibility in the Liars who lead us.

rwenger43 on May 3, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Of course he was abandoned.

Obama doesn’t want to piss off his bankers.

Mr Galt on May 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I expected more from LifeNews.com. They are the gold standard.

tmchugh on May 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

You shouldn’t trust any news source, tmchugh. You will only be disappointed and possibly fooled.

woodNfish on May 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

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