[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bowe Bergdahl faces the possibility of anywhere from five years to life in prison after being charged with article 85, desertion, and article 99, misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place. Bergdahl who was released by the Taliban last year in exchange for five notorious Taliban leaders who had been held at Guantanamo Bay. Those wondering what his defense might be need wonder no longer.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]A senior Defense official reportedly told CNN that Bergdahl’s defense will be that he did not desert his unit. Rather, Bergdahl claims, he abandoned his base in Afghanistan in an attempt to travel to the nearest military outpost to report wrongdoing within his unit.
Through his attorney, Bergdahl claims that he did not trust his commanders, so he felt that he needed to go elsewhere to express his concerns about the leadership on his base and the lax discipline that he says existed. One official stated, “This was a kid who had leadership concerns on his mind. He wasn’t fed up, he wasn’t planning to desert.” He added, “I can’t tell you if his concerns were valid, but in his mind they were.”
Before leaving his post in 2009, Bergdahl supposedly wrote emails to his parents expressing shame for being an American and stating that he was against the U.S. war in Afghanistan. He is reported to have written, ““I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”
h/t The Blaze