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Bowe Bergdahl: The US treated me worse than the Taliban

Bowe Bergdahl: The US treated me worse than the Taliban”

The former prisoner of war, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges, told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that his homecoming was hard because his case had become political. Trump has called Bergdahl a "dirty, rotten traitor".

Bergdahl, 31, has said he walked away from his post with the intention of reaching other commanders and drawing attention to what he saw as problems with his unit.

Bergdahl pleaded guilty this week to charges that could send him to prison for life.

The defense was previously rebuffed in efforts to show that Trump had tainted the case with his scathing campaign-trail criticism. "The President expects all military personnel who are involved in any way in the military justice process to exercise their independent professional judgment, consistent with applicable laws and regulations", the White House said in a statement.

Bergdahl, who faces life in prison, was freed in May 2014 as part of a controversial prisoner-exchange deal by the Obama administration where the United States released five Taliban terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, a senior Army officer who interviewed Bergdahl, testified in 2015 that he found Bergdahl "unrealistically idealistic" and believed a jail sentence would be inappropriate, given the circumstances of the case.

In January, Bergdahl's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that a fair trial was impossible after months of President Donald Trump's public cheering of Bergdahl's possible death. While not mentioning Bergdahl by name, the statement appeared to address questions related to the case and was referenced in a filing by prosecutors that opposes the latest defense arguments. The judge's ruling in February noted Trump's comments were made before he was president.



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