Bergdahl Walked Away Repeatedly

    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014. Bergdahl, who had been held for nearly five years by Afghan militants, was handed over to U.S. Special Operations forces in Afghanistan on May 31, 2014 in a dramatic swap for five Taliban detainees who will be handed over from Guantanamo Bay prison to Qatar. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3RNL6

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    The New York Times reported Thursday that a classified military investigation found that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl twice left his posts without permission prior to his 2009 capture by the Taliban. One incident occured in California and another in Afghanistan. The report concluded that Bergdahl most likely walked away that final time of his own volition, but stops short of saying he deserted. The report does not mention the supposed letter Bergdahl left his unit saying he was deserting, which is what a military official briefed on the investigation told the Times earlier this week. 

    Also Thursday, the Associated Press reported that the Obama administration told senators this week that it did not notify Congress about the pending prisoner swap because the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if the deal was made public. “They had intelligence that, had even the fact of these discussions leaked out, there was a reasonable chance Bowe Bergdahl would have been killed,” said Sen. August King, an independent from Maine.

    Read it at The New York Times