Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, believed to have been in Taliban captivity since 2009, was released Saturday in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.
But the tale seems to be far from a cut-and-dried story of Americans refusing to leave one of their own behind.
A tweet sent earlier this week from an account that appears to be that of Bergdahl’s father said he was “still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
— S.M (@redsteeze) June 1, 2014
The Twitter account is not verified, but the account’s activity level is high and contains numerous tweets about Afghanistan, POWs and Islam.
I am still working to free captives on all sides of this conflict http://t.co/B8zOdl0RMJ
— Robert Bergdahl (@bobbergdahl) May 24, 2014
#BoweBergdahl 2014 NEVER GIVE UP! YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! YOU WILL COME HOME! mom & dad
— Robert Bergdahl (@bobbergdahl) May 28, 2014
The tweets are just the latest elements in the mix of uncertain details surrounding Bergdahl’s release.
President Barack Obama violated the law, high-ranking Republicans are saying, because he failed to notify Congress 30 days ahead of the prisoner exchange.
The circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s captivity are strange, as the soldier had sent his parents emails shortly before he went missing saying how he was disillusioned with the war and “ashamed to even be an American.”
Bergdahl was listed first as “duty status unknown” when he went missing, and debate continues over whether he was truly captured or whether he may have deserted.
This story has been amended to more accurately reflect the tweet in question.
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