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May 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Supporters of Chen Guangcheng say U.S. abandoned him by letting him leave embassy

A U.S.-brokered deal for crusading Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng to leave the protection of the American Embassy in Beijing appeared to be headed for disaster Wednesday night as allegations surfaced that he did so only because China’s government used his family as hostages. The turn of events had many human rights observers questioning a deal that relied on trusting China to protect a dissident whom its officials had abused for years.

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