There is something that is starting to stink about this story, now Edward is talking about defecting to China, like they are some sort of freer country.
I'm wondering if in some way we have been had.
It's hardly unusual to strike a deal with the Chinese government for a life of protection and comfort. In fact, there's rather a long tradition of this. Mao certainly did it. So did Chiang Kai-shek (not exactly a saint himself, just better than the Communists at the time). The Chinese are nothing if not pragmatic: buy an American willing to turn over who knows how much intelligence, and it's almost certainly a bargain at any price for them, and if not, they have no qualms about just putting a bullet in the back of his head.
Olde-style, states' rights conservative. Ask if this concept confuses you.