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Initial Army Report on Bergdahl Complete

By    |   Friday, 10 Oct 2014 08:27 PM

An initial report has been completed on the 2009 disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan and his subsequent capture by the Taliban but the Army has no plans to make the results public anytime soon.

"This will be a lengthy process conducted in accordance with applicable laws, regulation and policy," Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Alayne Conway said of a review of the data, Military Times reports.

"We recognize the importance of the media and the public understanding of our investigative process and look forward to future discussions on this issue."

But for now, Conway said, the Army is focused on making sure its process is "thorough, factually accurate, impartial and legally correct."

The Army is looking into whether Bergdahl deserted his post or was absent without leave, both of which would be punishable under military law and force him to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages accrued during captivity, The Hill notes.

What prompted his mysterious disappearance came under intense scrutiny after President Barack Obama sidestepped Congress to win the soldier's release in May by swapping five Taliban detainees from the Guantanamo Bay facility.

A government watchdog agency found in August the administration broke the law by not notifying Congress, as well as another law prohibiting it to spend money on any detainee transfer from Guantanamo.

The swap also angered lawmakers and critics who said it violated a policy not to negotiate with terrorists.

Several soldiers who served with Bergdahl have testified to Congress that the 28-year-old sergeant had planned his departure in advance, and risked the lives of those who went to find him.

Bergdahl is currently on active duty and serving at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, the Military Times reports.

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An initial report has been completed on the 2009 disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan and his subsequent capture by the Taliban – but the Army has no plans to make the results public anytime soon.
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