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Military Hospital: Bergdahl's Condition Improving

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Military Hospital: Bergdahl's Condition Improving

BERLIN (AP) - A U.S. military hospital in Germany says that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is showing "signs of improvement" after several days at the facility following his release from nearly five years as a captive of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
    
The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center said Friday that Bergdahl remains in a stable condition, is conversing with medical staff "and becoming more engaged in his treatment-care plan."
    
The facility said in a statement that Bergdahl "is also resting better and showing signs of improvement." The military says it cannot release details about his medical condition due to patient privacy laws.
    
Bergdahl arrived at Landstuhl on Sunday. It remains unclear when he will continue to the United States.
    
The hospital reiterated that "there is no predetermined timeline for Sgt. Bergdahl's recovery process" at Landstuhl.

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Officials: Concern For Bergdahl Led To Secrecy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional and administration officials say fear that the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word got out that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress about the deal in advance.
   
Two senior U.S. officials tell The Associated Press there was no overt threat by the Taliban but rather an assessment based on intelligence reports that Bergdahl's life would be in jeopardy if news of the exchange leaked and the deal failed.
   
The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment by name.
   
A federal law requires Congress to be told 30 days before a prisoner is released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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