US: blind activist wants to leave China

In this undated photo released by supporters of Chen Guangcheng, blind activist Chen Guangcheng, center, is seen in a village in China. Chen is due to go on trial Friday Aug. 18, 2006 in eastern China on criminal charges that his supporters claim were fabricated as retaliation for his activism. Supporters of a blind Chinese activist who documented forced abortions are being kept under house arrest as authorities prepare to put him on trial this week, activists said Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Supporters of Chen Guangcheng, HO)

May 3, 2012 2:15:01 PM PDT
The Obama administration's diplomatic predicament deepened Thursday when a blind Chinese legal activist who took refuge in the American Embassy told the U.S. he now wants to go abroad, rejecting a deal that was supposed to keep him safely in China.