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Vietnam Blogger Dieu Cay Freed From Prison, Travels to U.S.

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Prominent Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai traveled to the U.S. after being released from jail, where he was serving a 12-year term for spreading anti-government propaganda.

Hai, who was convicted in 2012 and who is known as Dieu Cay, flew to the U.S. without assistance, according to the U.S. State Department. His release comes as the U.S., critical of the Communist government’s arrest and imprisonment of “prisoners of conscience,” forges closer ties with Hanoi amid territorial tensions between Vietnam and China.