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Bergdahl Letters Provide Clues to Why He Left Post

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:04:34 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two letters sent by Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to his parents while he was in captivity may partially explain why the soldier left his post in Afghanistan, only to fall into the hands of the Taliban.

While the letters, obtained by The Daily Beast, are filled with spelling errors, they could clarify some questions critics have had about his reasons for "walking away" from his unit. Some former members have labeled Bergdahl a "deserter."

Bergdahl writes in one letter, "Leadership was lacking, if not non-existent. The conditions were bad and looked to be getting worse for the men that where actuly (sic) the ones risking thier (sic) lives from attack."

The soldier, who has returned to the U.S., goes on to say in a letter from 2003, "If this letter makes it to the U.S.A., tell those involved in the investigation that there are more sides to the cittuwation (sic). Please tell D.C. to wait for all evadince (sic) to come in.”

U.S. officials have confirmed that these are the same letters delivered by the International Red Cross from the Taliban to Bergdahl’s family in Idaho.

Although the Pentagon has refused comment on the correspondence, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told congressional lawmakers this week that once Bergdahl has been reintegrated, military officials will fully investigate the circumstances of him leaving his post and whether charges against him are warranted.


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