Bergdahl could be questioned next week
By Ed Lavandera and Jason Morris, CNN
updated 11:23 PM EDT, Tue July 29, 2014
- His attorney won’t know for sure until next week exactly when the meeting will happen
- Many have called for an investigation into his disappearance and captivity
- Bergdahl is now back on regular duty
(CNN) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could meet next week with the general who’s looking into how the now-freed prisoner of war was captured by the Taliban in 2009, his attorney said.
Attorney Eugene Fidell told CNN he will know for sure next week exactly when the meeting will take place.
When it happens, it’ll be the first meeting between Bergdahl and Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl who is the point person for the Army’s investigation.
The 28-year-old soldier spent five years in the hands of Taliban militants after he disappeared in Afghanistan in June 2009.
After he was released in May in exchange for five senior Taliban members held by the U.S. military, Bergdahl underwent counseling and medical care at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
The news of Bergdahl’s freedom initially was met with jubilation, but it quickly turned as many called for an investigation into his disappearance and captivity. Some critics accused the soldier of deserting his comrades in war.
An Army fact-finding investigation conducted in the months after his disappearance concluded he left his outpost deliberately and of his own free will, according to an official who was briefed on the report.
The Army has no definitive finding that Bergdahl deserted because that would require knowing his intent — something officials couldn’t learn without talking to the soldier, a U.S. military official recently told CNN.
Bergdahl is now back on regular duty at the headquarters of U.S. Army North in Texas. He is working with a unit responsible for homeland defense, civil support operations and security cooperation programs involving countries such as Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.
He will eventually be given a position commensurate with his rank of sergeant, the army said earlier this month.
Bergdahl was a private first class when he was captured and the Army extended his enlistment and twice promoted him on schedule while in captivity.