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Lt. Col. Shaffer: Bergdahl Left to Join Taliban or Russian Mob

By    |   Monday, 06 Apr 2015 09:29 PM

A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance found two possible motives for why he walked away from his base before being held captive by Taliban allies for five years, a retired Army official told Fox News.

The NCIS probe looked at Bergdahl's computer history and talked to his platoon mates and local Afghans he had contacted. In one thread he was attempting to join the Taliban, in another he wanted to talk to members of Russian organized crime, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" on Monday.

Shaffer, a former intelligence officer, said he had not read the report himself, but spoke to two high-level officials who have. He said he also had heard parts of the story himself when he was first asked to participate in one of the alternative methods of freeing Bergdahl in 2012.

Shaffer's help was never used, and President Barack Obama ended up trading five top Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl's freedom.

The Army has since charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The second charge is the most serious, and carries a possible sentence of life in prison. Shaffer said the information he shared on Fox Monday was related to the misbehavior charge.

The NCIS report was part of the larger report on Bergdahl that Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl used when deciding whether Bergdahl would face charges.

"Essentially, there is clear evidence that he was 'going over to the other side,' and he had a deliberate plan," Shaffer said. Either of the two scenarios are "very severe," Shaffer said.

"Clearly he was not all there relating to what he was doing," he said, adding, "We are going to see more and more as this report is made public there were a number of disconcerting things within Bergdahl."

People in the White House were aware of the findings of the NCIS report before the swap was made, Shaffer said his sources told him.

So why would Obama trade senior Taliban members for Bergdahl, when other options were available to try to secure his release?

"I think this White House, because they have nobody from a senior military background serving, do not understand context," Shaffer said. "As far as can I tell, it was more important to get the Taliban gone and this guy back, and they could try to explain away why it's OK he walked away."

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A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance found two possible motives for why he walked away from his base before being held captive by Taliban allies for five years, a retired Army official told Fox News.
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