Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban last year in exchange for five prisoners, will be charged with desertion according to a report on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night. Now, the Army says these reports are “patently false.” This means Bergdahl, who was called a traitor by soldiers in his own unit and responsible for the deaths of fellow soldiers, may not be charged with desertion after all.
To see the initial report which said Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces desertion charges, watch the complete video from Fox News below. After Fox ran the story, the Army held a press briefing where Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said, “Sgt. Bergdahl has not been charged with any crime.” The Army also said there was no timeline on their decision.
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Fox Reports Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Faces Desertion Charges
Retired military intelligence officer, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, broke this news about Army Sgt. Bowe Bergahl when speaking with Bill O’Reilly earlier this week. “The Army has come to its conclusion, and Bowe Bergdahl … will be charged with desertion,” he said.
When asked, Army officials did not confirm or deny whether the U.S. Army would charge Bergdahl with desertion. If Shaffer’s sources are true and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces desertion charges, the White House will definitely have some explaining to do for their decision in handing over five Taliban for Bergdahl in a controversial “POW” swap.
Controversy Around Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
According to military reports, Bergdahl went missing on the night of June 30, 2009. The Army Sgt. claimed that he was captured when he fell behind on a patrol. Others, including soldiers in his unit, claimed that walked away on his own and deserted the United States Army and his unit.
One Soldier from Bergdahl’s platoon, said “He knowingly deserted and put thousands of people in danger because he did. We swore to an oath and we upheld ours. He did not.” The Pentagon also concluded, after a 2010 investigation, that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his unit and was not captured by the Taliban.
Then, of course, there was the Bergdahl prisoner swap controversy that had lawmakers on both sides of the aisle unhappy with the White House’s decision on the exchange. Even the nonpartisan GAO said the Bergdahl swap violated the law.
O’Reilly Factor Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Video