Update: According to this Military Times report by Michelle Tan and Andrew Tilghman, “the Army says there is no truth to media reports claiming a decision has been made to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.”
A number of news outlets are reporting that Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for a half-decade before being released in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, has been charged with offenses related to his capture.
According to this Reuters / NBC report:
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 but was released last year in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, will be charged with desertion, according to NBC.
The television network, citing senior defense officials, said the charges could come within a week.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the report, and Bergdahl’s attorney was not immediately available for comment.
But according to this report from the UK’s Daily Mail, Sergeant Bergdahl has already been charged:
Speaking on Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor, [retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer] said: ‘His attorney was given what we call a charge sheet. A charge sheet is results of the investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated. The key violation is desertion. And this has been done. The decision has been made. Let me be very clear. As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation.’
Sgt. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after he left his unit without permission in 2009.
And here is the video of the report on The O’Reilly Factor:
You can read all of our coverage of the Bergdahl case here.