I was struck by the hastiness of his departure:
Chen said by telephone Saturday that he was informed at the hospital just before noon to pack his bags to leave. Officials did not give him and his family passports or inform them of their flight details until after they got to the airport.
It reminded me of the sudden departure of Georgi Vins and his family as recounted in Children of the Storm. As far as I know, there was no prisoner exchange here as there was for Vins and his family.
Good for whoever brought this about. I don't suppose we'll ever know, specifically. It's a better outcome than we had any right to expect after Chen was sent back out of the U.S. embassy. Chen's fears for his extended family back in China are certainly justified, and we can be grateful that his wife and children are with him. Welcome to the United States, Chen Guangcheng.