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June 20th, 2014
10:19 PM ET

Bergdahl desertion questions highlight America's history of targeting deserters

New information emerging that the deal to swap five Taliban leaders for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl may not have been the only option the White House was considering.

The Wall Street Journal reports the administration was also weighing plans to pay off the militants.

How much, is not known.

Another proposal – reportedly trade Bergdahl for an Afghan warlord who's currently serving a life sentence in the U.S. on drug charges.

The news is coming at the same time we're learning more about Bergdahl's recovery. An official telling CNN, Bergdahl is eating and sleeping on a normal schedule.

There is security outside his door. He is interacting with a small staff of less than 12 people and he's speaking to a group of professionals about his years in captivity.

Key information that could eventually be used to determine if Bergdahl did in fact desert his platoon.

Bergdahl hasn't received the hero's welcome many were suspecting. But he's not the first soldier that's happened to.

CNN's Ed Lavandera has more.


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  1. Ron Attra

    Erin Burnett – Unless you are prepared to call Bergdahl fellow soldiers liars, you should stop calling him a POW. If they are tell us the facts, he deserted. POW's and deserters are not the same thing. In my opinion, the reason Bergdahl has not made a public statement is because Obama's people are very concerned about what he may say. So, as with other issues, stall and hope people will lose interest. Shame on your reporting!

    July 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm | Reply

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