Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China On Hillary Clinton's Plane

05/02/2012 11:31 pm ET | Updated Jul 02, 2012

I've known Chen Guangcheng for more than a decade--he's been through intimidation, beatings, jail, and extralegal house arrest--but through it all I never sensed he was scared. Now he's scared. Chen, whose case has escalated into a bilateral crisis that threatens to dominate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Beijing this week, was weeping as he talked to me over the phone from his hospital bed.

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