A year after U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by Taliban militants, Pentagon brass knew the soldier had deserted his unit and they decided against endangering other troops with a rescue mission.
A miliary investigation concluded that Bergdahl had walked away from his post and that diplomatic negotiations were the best way to gain his release, anonymous sources told the Washington Times.
According to a former high-ranking intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials learned on several occasions of Bergdahl’s whereabouts and the conditions of his captivity, but Special Forces commanders did not want to sacrifice highly-specialized soldiers for a “deserter.”
“Joint Special Operations Command always had the rescue mission on the table, and it was entirely under their ownership,” a senior congressional aide told the Times. “But the big question centered on whether Bergdahl was somebody you risk lives for when you still have time and space to maneuver diplomatically.”
The aide said Pentagon officials believed that Haqqani operatives holding Bergdahl in Pakistan were anxious to cut a deal, though military heads considered the price the State Department eventually negotiated way too high.
Fox News’ James Rosen on Monday wrote:
A senior official confirms to Fox News that the conduct of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — both in his final stretch of active duty in Afghanistan and then, too, during his time when he lived among the Taliban — has been thoroughly investigated by the U.S. intelligence community and is the subject of “a major classified file.”
In conveying as much, the Defense Department source confirmed to Fox News that many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.
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