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>> pelley: tonight, what will become of that chinese dissident? his fate is more confused than ever as we elsewhere the dramatic details of how the u.s. rescued him, then gave him up? >> we engineered almost a maneuver out of "mission impossible" to bring him into the embassy. >> pelley: late developments from david martin. holly williams has an interview with the dissident. the bin laden papers-- bob orr on how he struggled to keep al qaeda from falling apart. a medical researcher is killed by a rare bacterium in just 17 hours. ben tracey is investigating. and chip reid with an artist who brings a healing touch to
wounded vets. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. we have a much clearer picture tonight of how a leading chinese dissident wound if you want u.s. embassy in beijing, setting off a diplomat crisis, and it is straight out of hollywood. with the blind dissident escaping house arrest, american diplomats rescuing him, and then racing him to the embassy with chinese secret police in pursuit. the story is coming out at the same moment the u.s. secretaries of state and the treasury are in beijing to negotiate trade and policy agreements. yesterday, the u.s. returned chen guangcheng to the chinese after they promised he would be safe, and he said he wanted to stay in china. but today, chen asked secretary clinton to take him out on her
plane, and later, in a phone call, chen was patched through to a congressional hearing in washington. chen told the committee he wants to come to the u.s. to rest. they'll make a movie out of this one day, but in the meantime, we have reports from beijing and washington, first, david martin. >> reporter: the almost-not-to-be-believed saga of chen guangcheng, is in the understated words of one u.s. diplomat, one of the most challenging human rights cases we've had in some time. critic escaped from house arrest, chen was hiding out with fellow dissidents in bake, when the u.s. earthquake headed by ambassador gary locke, mounted an operation to bring him in from the cold. >> when we got the word he was in beijing wanting to talk to us in the wee hours of the morning we went out and contacted him, and then we engineered almost a maneuver out of "mission impossible" to bring him in to the embassy. >> reporter: the maneuver involved transferring chen from
a van driven by the dissident to the u.s. government car while evading chinese surveillance, then spirit him back to the u.s. embassy, passed chinese guards, whose job is to prevent would-be defectors from reaching the embassy. that's when six days of negotiations began. ambassador lock flew back from vacation in bali to negotiate with the chinese on chen's behealth official >> he did not want to go to the united states, so the choice was have him get back into china to be a freedom fighter if he wanted, or if conditiones, negotiations with the chinese government were not to his satisfaction, he was prepared to stay in the embassy and live there for possibly years. >> reporter: the chinese brought chen's wife to beijing and promised he would be reunited with his family and given a scholarship to attend law school, if he came out of the embassy. when chen balked, the chinese said his wife would be sent back to the village where the two had languished under house arrest. >> he talked with his wife twice, and then made that
decision on his own to come out of the embassy and rejoin the family. >> reporter: it was chen's decision, but with his wife's well-being in the balance, it would seem he had little choice. still, ambassador lock insists no one forced chen to leave. >> i remember asking him in front of many, many witnesses, "are you ready to leave? is this what you want to do?" and he just paused and sat there, very quiet for several minutes, and then just jumped up, beaming, excited, and said, "let's go!" >> reporter: chen was reunited with his family, but also back under chinese control and apparently decided he'd be better off coming to the united states. but for now, the chinese have chen and u.s. officials have not been allowed to see him since he had that change of heart. >> pelley: david, thank you. chen is a famous human rights campaigner who exposed forced abortions? chinabortion in china that are sometimes ordered to enforce the policy that allows only one
child per family. we learned what it was that change's chen's mind about staying in china in an interscrew he did today with asia correspondent holly williams of sky news. i spoke withual wiliams elderlier today. >> reporter: well, i was able to get hold of him on his mobile phone earlier today in beijing. he told me he couldn't make calls on the phone. those were being blocked, he thinks by the authorities, but people arably to call in and reach him. on the phone, he sounded worried, tired, obviously, anxious for the safety of his family. but he was also very warm and very friendly. >> pelley: this is part of the telephone interview that williams did with chen in mandarin chinese. he told her he was speaking from his hospital bed. williams asked chen why he told diplomats at the u.s. embassy that he wanted to stay in china. he told her, "at that time, i
didn't have all the information. i couldn't get information. now i have it, and i sense certain things, so i've changed my mind." williams asked whether any of his new information include threats from back in his home village. chen said, "the local officials broke into my home, armed with sticks and wanted to beat my family to death. they've installed seven video surveillance cameras in our garden, on the roof, and inside our house, and they're going to install an electric fence around my house." chen concluded, "it's not safe because the rights of citizens here can't be guaranteed." >> he said he didn't blame american officials for not doing more to guarantee his safety, but he also said that if he could speak directly to president obama and hillary clinton, he would ask them to take concrete action to protect his family. >> pelley: and have the chinese said anything officially about whether they're interested in letting him go?
>> reporter: thus far, they haven't made any comment on that. what we do know is that the chinese are embarrassed by this whole issue of chen guangcheng. they've made it clear that they are angry, and that they see this as unwanted american interference in the internal affairs of china. >> pelley: holly williams of british sky news, thank you very much. we got some real insight today into the mind of osama bin laden and the state of al qaeda. the u.s. military declassified 17 of his letters that were among documents that were found in his house the night that he was killed. we asked bob orr to take a look. >> reporter: the letters reveal that osama bin laden, while hunkered down in his last hideout, struggled to retain control of his al qaeda network. writing in arabic, he reminded terror affiliates of the primary mission. "our targets are americans." bin laden was frustrated with poorly planned attacks that killed too many muslims and he
worried u.s. drone strikes threatened al qaeda's core in pakistan. "i am leaning toward getting most of the brothers out of the area," he wrote to a top aide. "it is possible they have photographed targeted homes." the letters reveal tensions between bin laden and other top terrorists. he rebuffed pleas from his deputy ayman al-zawahiri, to merge al qaeda with alshabib in somalia and rejected al-awlaki as a proposed leader in yemen. all alockey masterminded the underwear bomb plot, he asked that alockey send a resresume. bin laden continued to map new attacks. in may 2010, bin laden wrote he wanted to target general david petraeus, the head of u.s. central command. and he wanted to kill president obama, noting that will make biden take over which will lead the u.s. into a crisis. bin laden planned to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a new message to the american
people. he was killed four months before that date. but in his last letter, just one week prior to his death, bin laden was still plotting. here urged aides to take advantage of the revolutions that were toppling dictators during the arab spring of 2011. he wrote, "the oncoming stage will be for islam, allah willing." it's also clear bin laden was a bit delusional. by the time of his death, core al qaeda had been badly decimated by drones. his aspirations, scott, were no longer in line with his group's capabilities. >> pelley: bob, bin laden was clearly getting help in pakistan. do the documents shed any light on who was helping him? >> reporter: well, not explicitly. the letters do contain quotes from bin laden quoting trusted pakistani brotheres, but they do not explicitly name anybody inside the government or intelligence services. and one more thing-- remember, the u.s. government here has only released a very small fraction of all those documentss and files seized by the seals in abbottabad.
>> pelley: the death of a young medical researcher just hours after he was stricken by a bacterial infection has set off health alarms today in california. there is concern that the victim's friends and coworkers could be at risk. ben tracey has the story. >> reporter: 25-year-old richard din worked in a lab here at the san francisco va hospital. he was studying a rare strain of bacteria that can cause deadly blood stream infections or meningitis. exposure to the bacteria is believed to have killed him. idary harlimbirruous is chief of the v.a.'s infectious disease division. >> he went home on friday night and at 7:00 p.m. started to develop symptoms of fatigue, headaches and chills. >> reporter: he died just 17 hours later. as many as 60 people who may have come in contact with din have been given antibiotics as a precaution. the disease can be spread through sneezing, coughing, and kissing. >> we were concerned there might have been a spill, but this was
a highly competent and experienced individual, even though he was young. >> reporter: more than half a million people work in laboratories in the u.s. a survey of u.s. labs found a third reported at least one laboratory-associated infection. in 2010, a student worker at the university of illinois was infected with cowpox in a campus lab. he survived bbut a year early ea university of chicago professor died after contracting plague in his lab. the state of california is now investigating that lab in san francisco to see if it followed safety protocols which are stringent in labs like this one at the cedars-sinai medical center in los angeles. dr. raka murphy studies infectious disease at cedars-sinai. she said safety precaution such as gloves, hand warwick, and using this biohazard hood are common but simple mistakes still happen. >> most definitely there's a high awareness in the laboratory setting about the potential for transmission, and we often don't realize how many times we might touch our face or in the course
of a given day. >> reporter: no one else in san francisco has become sick but investigator investigators l still trying to identify anyone who may have had close contact with richard din. been ben tracey, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: in san diego today a corner did an autopsy on junior seau, the former nfl star who shot himself to death yesterday. the autopsy includeses an examination of his brain. seau played 20 seasons in the nfl, and there's been some speculation that repeated his to the head was a contributing factor in his suicide because of concussions, but it is much too soon to know. a new industrial revolution, how a computer chip lab is beating the recession. good-bye, la nina. is better weather ahead? and a world-famous image draws a world-record bid when the cbs evening news continues. [ male announcer ] considering all your mouth goes through,
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>> pelley: since world war i, the u.s. military has used combat artists to create a record of america's wars. chip reid has the story of one of those artists who's documenting america's veterans as they fight a new battle. >> reporter: mike fay brought the tools of his trade-- pencils and a sketch pad-- as he visited marine lance corporal timothy donnelly at walt reid hospital. his mission was not only to draw donnelly but to draw him out. >> what do you remember? >> everything. >> you remember everything. >> reporter: donnelly lost both legs and part of an arm in afghanistan but told fay he's one of the lucky ones. >> you see a lot of these guys, and they've got so much worse. >> reporter: fay's sketches, including names and details of what happened, have been displayed in museums around the country. he started the project 15 months ago. what are you trying to
accomplish by sketching these injured service members. >> to get their stories into the culture, into history. so it doesn't get lost. >> reporter: down the hall, fay sketched as marine corporal josh lopez told his story with his wife and baby by his side. >> i'm looking at my leg and i hand, and i couldn't put a tourniquet on and that's when i started screaming for help. it was the only time i felt useless. >> reporter: through art, you're trying to get the american people to pay attention. >> absolute, yeah. you know, to wake up. >> reporter: fay was an active duty marine for nearly 20 years, including service in iraq and afghanistan. he says he knows how it feels to be in a war that the american people seem to have forgotten. >> in afghanistan, it's written on the board,un, "america's at the mall. the marine marines are here fig" we have such a good forgetter in our culture. we celebrate things that are sometimes so vapid and without
substance but they're easy to tell. this is a hard story to tell. >> reporter: one of fay's most memorable subjects is 22-year-old lance corporal kyle carpenter, who proudly displays a purple heart on his fake eye. carpenter took a direct hit from a grenade in afghanistan. the impact nearly blew off his jaw, and he's had more than 30 surgeries. this was carpenter's second time posing for fay. >> people need to actually see and not just hear,un, what's going on, how guys are coming back, what type of wounds, what type of scars, what type of stories they're coming back with. and mike has an amazing ability to take that picture and sketch that sketch. >> reporter: and to put a face on the nation's wars. chip reid, cbs news, bethesda, maryland. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all
around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned harry thomas jr. was sentenced today for using his office to steal more than $350,000. that cash was suppose to go to youth programs in the district. and bruce johnson explains for us that both thomas and his mother delivered moving speeches to the court before the sentence was handed down. >> are you sorry for what you have done? >> reporter: when an idea was wrong, i broke the law, that's what the packed federal courtroom heard harry thomas say before the judge sentenced him to 48