Army asks Bergdahl about Taliban captivity

Army questioning of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to enter second day Thursday

FORT SAM HOUSTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will spend at least part of a second day answering questions from a military investigator about how he ended up in the custody of the Taliban after disappearing from his post in Afghanistan in June 2009.

Bergdahl was released earlier this year in exchange for five Taliban members being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, characterizes Wednesday’s questioning at Fort Sam as a conversation.

 “There were a handful of Q&A- let’s call it questions and answers. But none of it was adversarial in nature,” Fidell said. “It was probing, it was thoughtful. I think it was helpful to Sgt. Bergdahl to state his case, so to speak.”

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl is leading the questioning and will file a report once the process is complete. That report will be submitted to Army staff, which will decide what steps to take next, according to Fidell.

Fidell calls Wednesday’s questioning “successful.”

Bergdahl arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in mid-June. After years spent in Taliban captivity, he returned to active duty relatively quickly following a multi-stage reintegration process.

There has been speculation, some coming from fellow soldiers, that Bergdahl was a deserter when he disappeared from his post five years ago.

Bergdahl is working administrative duty at Headquarters Company at Fort Sam and is neither under any restriction nor facing charges, says Fidell.

He does not carry  a weapon.

The second day of questioning of Bergdahl begins Thursday at 7 a.m. at Fort Sam.


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