The U.S. Army has completed its investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2009, but the results will not be released to the media anytime soon.
“We recognize the importance of the media and the public understanding of our investigative process, and look forward to future discussions on this issue. However, the Army’s priority is ensuring that our process is thorough, factually accurate, impartial and legally correct,” Army spokesman Wayne Hall said in a statement released Friday.
Sgt. Bergdahl was released from Taliban custody in May in exchange for the “Taliban Five.” The Obama administration’s release of Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mullah Mohammad Fazi, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammad Nabi Omari sparked outrage in Congress when members were not given 30 days advance notice of the deal. The five men were classified as a “high” security risk to the U.S. by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
The Obama administration was deemed in violation of the law by a government watchdog in August for not notifying Congress of the prisoner swap.
Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl completed a review of Sgt. Bergdahl’s case this week, but there is no timeline for a final decision on his alleged desertion, The Hill reported Friday.
“At this time, it would be inappropriate to speculate on the potential results or the amount of time the review process will take to complete,” the general said, The Hill reported.
Sgt. Bergdahl is currently stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
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