The blind, self-taught legal activist Chen Guangcheng has
escaped from his village in Shandong province where he was kept a prisoner in
his own home and fled to Beijing. The
New York Times quoted an official at the Chinese Ministry of State Security
as saying Chen had made it to the U.S. embassy, though the State
Department hasn't confirmed or denied if Chen is inside.
Chen become famous for filing a class action lawsuit in 2005
on behalf of woman who underwent forced sterilizations; he was later imprisoned
for three years for "damaging property and organising a mob to disturb
raffic" and then kept under de facto house arrest.