U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, recently released from years of Taliban captivity following the negotiation of a deal to swap him for the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees, allegedly deserted his fellow soldiers just prior to being captured by Taliban fighters. Several of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers called him a “deserter,” and some even blame him for the deaths of the soldiers who attempted to mount a rescue mission.
New evidence is now emerging that calls into question whether Bergdahl was a true prisoner of war. A report in The New York Post chronicles how Bergdahl sought to join the French Foreign Legion before joining the U.S. Army, the murky details of his 2009 capture, and how he seemed particularly mistrustful of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
“I am sorry for everything here,” Bergdahl reportedly wrote in an email to his parents just prior to his capture. “These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid.”
“I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools,” Bergdahl concluded. “I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”
The five Taliban fighters who were released in exchange for Bergdahl have been descried as some of the most dangerous detainees in U.S. custody in the Guantanamo Bay facility.
[Correction — 4:25 p.m. ET: This post had previously misspelled Bergdahl’s last name as “Berghdal.” The error has been corrected.]