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November 6, 2014

Did U.S. Pay Ransom for Bowe Bergdahl?

Bowe Bergdahl is an accused U.S. Army deserter who was captured by the Taliban and for whom Barack Obama traded five Gitmo jihadis to have released. There could be an even greater twist to the story. The Wall Street Journal reports, “In a letter to the Pentagon released Wednesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) said a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary early this year to help secure the May 31 release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for nearly five years by the Haqqani Network in Pakistan, which is classified as a terrorist organization. Pentagon officials have denied paying cash to secure the release of Sgt. Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009. A senior defense official reiterated that denial when asked about Mr. Hunter’s letter.” If Hunter’s allegations are true, it only adds to the total cluster the administration made of this situation. More…

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