LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that Bowe Bergdahl is back in the news. The popular podcast Serial has opened its second season with an examination of the story of the Army soldier who ended up in the hands of the Taliban. Bergdahl was stationed in Afghanistan when the event occurred in 2009. He was accused of desertion for leaving his post, an act that led to his five years in captivity with the Taliban.
Bergdahl’s release has been part of the controversy. In 2014, the Obama administration made a prisoner exchange in which the Taliban swapped Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners locked up at Guantanamo Bay. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives released a report from its Armed Services Committee criticizing the prisoner exchange as part of an Obama plan to shut down the Guantanamo facility.
The Bergdahl saga is a complicated story. It involves Bergdahl, the soldiers who were put at risk searching for him, politicians in Washington either supporting or criticizing the prisoner swap, the military court considering what to do with Bergdahl and what chargegs, if any, to lay against him, and five Taliban militants who are now back in the Middle East, opposing U.S. forces. Screenwriter Mark Boal put together the podcast using 25 hours of recorded material.
It is not clear what effect, if any, the podcast will have on Bergdahl’s legal situation.
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