Soldier From Bergdahl’s Company Just Dropped Bombshell About Bowe’s REAL Motivation for Leaving

While Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has claimed that he left his post in 2009 to make an unauthorized trip to higher headquarters, one soldier who served with him says the accused deserter spoke of another reason at the time.

Bergdahl, 29, was arraigned at Fort Bragg, N.C., last month on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The latter charge carries a potential life sentence, while the former can lead to the soldier’s imprisonment for up to five years.

Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in June 2009 and subsequently became a Taliban prisoner, until his release in May 2014 in exchange for the so-called “Taliban Five,” being held at the Guantanamo Bay.

During a panel discussion at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) on Thursday, former soldiers who served with Bergdahl, shared what they recalled about him and what they believe should happen to him now. The men were part of the 501st Infantry Regiment, based in Alaska, but deployed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Former Sgt. John Rice, a friend of Bergdahl, told the audience that the accused soldier spoke of wanting to spend time with the Taliban. “Bergdahl had said he wanted to essentially, not join the Taliban, but he wanted to be similar to a reporter that’s embedded in the Taliban and he wanted to write a book about it,” Rice said, according to local NBC affiliate KTUU. (Read more from “Soldier From Bergdahl’s Company Just Dropped Bombshell About Bowe’s REAL Motivation for Leaving” HERE)

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