(photo of Hao at Yosemite in happier times)
People around the world have been rejoicing since Hao Wu's sister Nina Wu announced on her blog that Hao has been released from wherever the police were holding him. He is now at home in Beijing with his family. We hope he will rest and take care of himself... and that people will leave him in peace to recover from his ordeal.
It's impossible to know right now what will happen next, what caused his release at this time, or whether the story is completely over.
However there is no doubt that all the expressions of support around the world - from media, politicians, bloggers, and other citizens writing letters and signing petitions - have had an impact. We have made it clear to the Chinese government that their treatment of Hao was a cause for national shame. We have given Hao's family and loved ones moral support in the face of a lot of nastiness and negativity as they worked to get him released. But most importantly, the global show of support will no doubt be a great source of strength as Hao recovers from his ordeal and copes with its aftermath.
Thanks to everybody who has helped.