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Judicial Watch's Farrell: We'll Get to Bottom of Bergdahl Swap

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 06:42 PM

Judicial Watch is suing the Defense Department to determine the truth behind Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's claim that five Guantanamo terrorists traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were no longer a threat to U.S. national security.

Chris Farrell — director of investigations for Judicial Watch, a government watchdog — said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV:

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"We've got four lawsuits concerning Bergdahl currently underway and we're about to file a fifth.

"We are pursuing this Bergdahl issue doggedly and one way or another we're going to extract the truth from the government on this."

Bergdahl was freed from captivity last year in a Taliban prisoner swap, but questions were soon raised as to whether he had deserted his base in Afghanistan in 2009.

This week, NBC reported that Bergdahl will indeed be charged with desertion, although Defense Department officials deny that. General Mark Milley who is still reviewing the case, will determine whether charges will be filed.

"What this has to do with is the memo of agreement between the United States government and Qatar concerning exactly how these [terrorists] are going to be handled and controlled. That's very important," Farrell said.

"We're also looking for the payoff. There's substantial evidence … money changed hands. The United States government paid … facilitators, liaison officers, hostage negotiators in addition to these five terrorists being set loose in exchange for Bergdahl."

"Your tax dollars went to terrorists and their allies in an effort to spring this traitor who deserted."

Farrell said if Bergdahl is charged, he won't be surprised if the soldier is given a reduced sentence or special treatment.

"It's completely consistent with this administration's ideological viewpoint. I mean, if they could, they probably would give the guy the Medal of Honor," he said.

"This is somebody that is simpatico with Obama and his viewpoint, his philosophy, and they're not terribly interested in prosecuting a guy who is essentially a traitor.

"In another world, in another administration, there might be grounds to pursue capital punishment in this regard and there's provisions for it under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for doing that."

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Judicial Watch is suing the Defense Department to determine the truth behind Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's claim that five Guantanamo terrorists traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were no longer a threat to U.S. national security.
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