Desertion Charge Intensifies Debate Over Bergdahl’s Release
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Should an army sergeant spend years in prison as punishment for endangering soldiers who risked their lives to find him?
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
After disappearing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he was held captive by the Taliban for five years.
At least one expert says Bergdahl's defense attorney has a good shot at arguing that his imprisonment by the Taliban was punishment enough.
But some members of his former unit have called for serious punishment, saying that others risked their lives searching for him.