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Sgt. Bergdahl May Be Investigated On Charges Of Desertion

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BRUSSELS (AP) - U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from five years of Taliban captivity in a prisoner exchange last weekend.
   
Dempsey also told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday that Bergdahl's next scheduled promotion is not automatic because he is no longer missing in action.
   
He noted that U.S. military leaders "have been accused of looking away from misconduct" and said "it's premature" to assume they would do so in Bergdahl's case, despite his five years as a Taliban detainee.
   
Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. Army special forces Saturday in exchange for the release of five detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility.

U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be investigated on charges of desertion. This follows allegations that Sgt. Bergdahl wandered off base shortly before he was captured by the Taliban.

Sgt. Bergdahl is being treated at a U.S. Base in Germany.  It is not clear when we will be able to see his parents or return home to Idaho. 

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) - President Barack Obama says his administration has consulted with Congress "for some time" about a possible prisoner exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
   
The 28-year-old Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was released over the weekend by his Taliban captors into the custody of the U.S. military.
   
In return, the U.S. freed five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
   
Some lawmakers have faulted Obama and the administration for not giving Congress advance notice of the prisoner exchange, as the law requires.
   
The White House says it had to act quickly to save Bergdahl's life.


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