September 8th, 2013
02:28 AM ET

Chinese journalist Shi Tao released

A Chinese journalist jailed for eight years for leaking government restrictions on reporting is now free.

Shi Tao's early release was announced by the writers' organization PEN International on Saturday - 15 months before he was scheduled to be freed.

Shi made headlines in 2004 when he sent the media restrictions to a human rights group - an act that China said amounted to "leaking state secrets," PEN said.

What's more: Internet giant Yahoo played a part in his conviction.

In a widely criticized move, Yahoo handed over Shi's e-mail account information, which the Chinese government used in the case against Shi.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Way to go, Yahoo. I was unaware that the NSA extended into the Chinese Government. Goos to know.

    September 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A farmer walks into a lawyer's office and says: "I'd like to get one of them-thar day-vorce-ees" "Yes sir, I believe I can help you" replied the lawyer. "Do you have any grounds?" "Oh shore do!", exclaimed the farmer, "Got me bout a 140 acres out back a the house thar." "No no..., I mean do you have a case?" asked the lawyer. "No sur," replied the farmer, "I drive one of them John Deer's" "You don't understand," said the lawyer, "You need something like a grudge." "Oh!!" said the farmer, "I got me one of those! That's what I park muh Deer in!" The lawyer, a bit frustrated responded, "Sir, you've got to have a reason to divorce your wife. Does she beat you up or anything?" "No sur", replied the farmer, "I purt near get outta bed afore her ever mornin." Finally the exasperated lawyer shouted, "WHY do you want a divorce?" "Oh, well..." replied the farmer, "She says we jus can't communicate!!"

    September 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rather the frustration here in trying to communicate with the troll. Funny joke, Rawr.

      September 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Good Joke bobcat, I was on earlier and the drama sent me packing. Have a good week my friend. It is off to bed for me.

      September 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Hello banasy
    How are you doing my friend ? I looked in on the Syria thread and saw it was troll paradise as usual, so I decided to look here instead. Just too much drama anymore.

    September 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I am doing well, BCIAH. And you? Yes, that blog has been completely taken over, and it isn't worth the drama that his particular flavor of trollism entails.

      September 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I'm doing well also banasy. You're right, it's not worth getting involved in those conversations. And speaking of involvement, it sure looks like we are about to dive into Syria.
      And what about McCain ? He's been pushing for our total involvement there from the start. Now he's threatening impeachment if we end up with boots on the ground. Me thinks this man has eaten too many froot loops.

      September 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't want to see boots on the ground. This is blatantly going against the American people's wishes. And as for McCain, he's been beating that drum for two years! He should be happy instead of jumping on the "impeach Obama" bandwagon. Senile git.

      September 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Omg! Seriously @ bobcat? Lol and yea after just reading your post fruit loops is the perfect way to put it!

    September 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ chrissy
      Here is a portion of what McCain had to say.

      After endorsing President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria, Sen. John McCain warned the president would face impeachment if he were to put "boots on the ground."

      McCain told Phoenix radio host Mike Broomhead on Thursday that the president had "bungled" the entire handling of the Syria crisis and would open himself up to impeachment hearings if he overstepped the limits of the authorization before Congress."

      September 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat, sounds like McCain is a little bit upset that the POTUS decided to do the wise thing and wait for Congressional approval before doing anything, doesn't it? Im sure he, like many other members of Congress just as sumed Obama would make the decision on his own so they could later trash him for it!

    September 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      After all the flack he took on Libya, he understandably more cautious this time. I just love it that he dropped it in their laps. Hopefully they will stick to their guns and say no as usual.

      September 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. zingkinger

    my classmate's half-sister makes $73 hourly on the computer. She has been without work for 8 months but last month her payment was $20361 just working on the computer for a few hours. about his..........

    September 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |