TRYING TO SAVE HARRY WU

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Chinese-born American human rights activist Harry Wu, facing a possible death sentence for exposing abuses in China's prison system, was finally allowed to meet with a U.S. official for the first time since he was detained June 19. Wu, an American citizen who spent 19 years in aChinese labor campbefore emigrating to the U.S. in 1985, was not allowed to discuss his case in the heavily-monitored, half-hour meeting with U.S. Consul General Arturo Macias at a jail in the central city of Wuhan. The arrest has single-handedly sentU.S.-Chinese relationsinto a tailspin, infuriating lawmakers in Washington, setting off numerous State Department protests. But China, equally livid at Wu's repeated success inslipping through its bordersto expose human rights abuses, has barely budged. Officials there today said Macias might have to wait another month to see Wu again -- the maximum gap allowed between such meetings under a U.S.-Chinese agreement.