In August 2010, the media reported that Private Bowe Bergdahl had joined the Taliban and was training jihadists on bomb-making techniques.
Captured: U.S. solider Private Bowe Bergdahl, pictured in a video released in April, is teaching the Taliban bomb-making skills, according to one of his captors. (Daily Mail)
On Thursday the White House again defended deserter Bowe Bergdahl saying “there was no evidence” Bowe Bergdahl had fraternized with the Taliban.
The Hill reported:
A senior White House aide said Thursday he had seen “no evidence” to confirm a report that rescued Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl converted to Islam, fraternized with the Taliban and declared jihad during nearly five years of captivity.
“We have seen no evidence of that,” deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told CNN when asked about a Fox News report about Bergdahl’s conduct while imprisoned by the Taliban.
Blinken went on to say it was “repugnant” that critics were drawing conclusions about Bergdahl’s service before military investigators had a chance to determine all the facts.
“The idea that we are trying Sergeant Bergdahl in the court of public opinion in abstentia, without giving him an opportunity to give his story and to tell us what happened, frankly, I find repugnant,” Blinken said. “We don’t know what happened. We are determined to get to the bottom of it. The military will investigate appropriately. Let’s get the facts before we rush to judgment.”
The Fox News report is based on dispatches written by a Pentagon subcontractor staffed by former intelligence officials hired to prepare reports on terrorist activities. The head of the firm told the network he provided intelligence briefs to the director of intelligence at the U.S. Central Command.
This administration is shameless.