From Chinese writer 廖亦武 Liao Yiwu on Twitter and Facebook today
Many journalists have been contacting me to ask if Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia really want to go abroad for medical treatment and how they can confirm it. I keep saying it over and over but explaining it over and over has been wearing me out. Currently Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia are under strict police control. I feel compelled to release this handwritten note from Liu Xia. I also have another handwritten note from Liu Xia addressed to the Chinese Public Security Bureau National Security Detachment asking for permission to leave China. For now, I will not be releasing that letter. Journalists and everybody please believe this: their very pressing desire is to leave China to get medical treatment. Liu Xiaobo says it is absolutely true that if he is to die, he would rather die in the West!
I am sick of my life, this grotesque life. I want to tear the version of myself who lives this grotesque life to pieces. I long to escape.
I can hardly believe that Xiaobo agreed to leave China together with me and [my brother] Liu Hui. When he finally learned about it, he was very concerned about my illness.
I am grateful to you and to our friends for everything you’ve been doing and cannot wait to embrace you.
20 April 2017
Liu Yiwu wrote in a separate posting on his Facebook page and Twitter account on June 28th that that he has just provided through an intermediary to a US government official a copy of a handwritten note that Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, had sent some time ago, after having discussed the matter with Liu Xiaobo to the Chinese Public Security Bureau National Security Detachment (Guobao) requesting that Liu Xiaobo be allowed to leave China to get medical treatment. Liao Yiwu has also shared those notes with the German government. He adds now the U.S., German, and Chinese governments have a copy of Liu Xia’s handwritten note.