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Attorney says Army has begun questioning Bowe Bergdahl

By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press

Published: Wed, Aug. 6 3:21 p.m. MDT

 In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A defense attorney for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says the U.S. Army has begun questioning the soldier about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban.

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A defense attorney for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says the U.S. Army has begun questioning the soldier about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban.

(Associated Press)

HOUSTON — A defense attorney for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says the U.S. Army has begun questioning the soldier about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban.

Eugene R. Fidell says his client is cooperating with the investigation at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on Wednesday.

Fidell declined to comment on what Bergdahl is being asked.

An Army spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The investigation's findings will help determine whether the 28-year-old is prosecuted for desertion or faces any other disciplinary action.

Bergdahl had been receiving care at Fort Sam Houston since returning to the United States on June 13 after his release by the Taliban on May 31.

Earlier this month, the Army announced Bergdahl had been given a desk job.

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1. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 6, 2014

Good. If he's innocent then I'm sure that will be the conclusion. If he's guilty of abandoning his fellow troops which put their lives in danger later as they searched him then he should be punished to the fullest extend the law allows.

2. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 6, 2014

And lets remember that no, he hasn't already "suffered enough" to dismiss punishments for possible crimes. He got what he asked for. He wanted(per his fellow troops) to leave the base and go find the enemy. That's what apparently happened.

If that is the truth, he's a traitor and should be treated as such.

3. happy2bhere
clearfield, UT,
Aug. 6, 2014

I hope that the same people who question Bergdhal also question all the fellow soldiers who were serving with him when he "left" his unit. They have important information too.

4. omahahusker
Modesto, CA,
Aug. 6, 2014

I served as a US Army First Sergeant in Iraq. It is a terrible feeling to lose a Soldier in a combat, whether he is killed in action or leaves his post. That's a memory that will stick to a leader forever. If he walked away from his post and the military gathers evidence, and it appears a violation of the UCMJ occurred, the evidence will be presented in fact and the commander can convene an Article 32 hearing to determine if a crime was committed or there was a violation of the UCMJ. The only thing that could interfere with that is overbearing command influence. It can start from the president on down. However undue command influence can cause a loss of faith in the leadership. I hope that will not be the case here. That being said, I don't trust the current leadership in Washington.

5. worf
Mcallen, TX,
Aug. 6, 2014

@mcclark,

What's the purpose of your question? I don't get it.