Following Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s charge of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy – after his escape from an outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, his capture, and his imprisonment for five years – he faces life penalty in a military prison and could be stripped off his rank.
A statement accompanied with a two-page letter describing the atrocities he endured – starvation, several beatings, months spent chained to a bed followed by years spent chained on all fours – was released on Wednesday by his attorney.
In the letter, Bergdahl wrote, “I was kept in constant isolation during the entire 5 years, with little to no understanding of time, through constant periods of constant darkness, periods of constant light, and periods of completely random flickering of light.”
He also wrote that he had “absolutely no understanding of anything that was happening beyond the door I was held behind.”
He said he was assaulted with a copper wire, forced to watch videos of the Taliban and was threatened he would be killed and would never see his family again.
Boehner said five Taliban extremists were discharged in exchange for his own release, according to CNN. One of them has been reported to have returned back to the battlefield.
He was also concerned about the detainees in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, which President Barack Obama is working hard to close, “ending up back on the battlefield and threatening Americans here and abroad.”
Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape several times, he wrote.
According to The New York Times, there is little that can be achieved by subjecting Bergdahl to a trial for desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. If arrested, he would’ve been unable to receive benefits including medical care. However, not receiving an honorable discharge would make his life as a civilian extremely difficult.
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