June 2nd, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Pentagon: "Doesn't matter" how Bergdahl was captured

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is free. But at what cost?

The American soldier held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years was swapped for five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Bergdahl is currently at a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and is in stable condition.

Does Bergdahl swap set precedent?

But was the prisoner swap worth the risk to American security?

OutFront, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

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    When wars end, prisoners taken custody must be released. These five Guantanamo detainees were almost all members of the Taliban, according to the biographies of the five detainees that the Afghan Analysts Network compiled in 2012. None were facing charges in either military or civilian courts for their actions. It remains an open question whether the end of U.S. involvement in the armed conflict in Afghanistan requires that all Guantanamo detainees must be released. But there is no doubt that Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan must be released because the armed conflict against the Taliban will be over.

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