World: End to the Void

For more than two years, Anthony Grey's world was a 12-ft.-sq. whitewashed room in Peking. He lived in a void: no one spoke to him and, except for three brief calls by British diplomats, no one was permitted to visit him. Outside the open door of his room stood an armed guard, and others ringed the walled compound of the house. Last week, after 26 months of mind-numbing confinement, the Chinese government suddenly released Grey, a 30-year-old correspondent for Britain's Reuters wire service.

Grey was originally confined without charges in July 1967. It was Peking's retribution for the arrest and later imprisonment...

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