White House: We Thought Bergdahl Would Be Killed
Says it bypassed Congress because of threats by Taliban
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2014 12:21 PM CDT
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, a Taliban fighter speaks to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in eastern Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

(Newser) – The Obama administration has told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because the Taliban had threatened to kill him if the deal was made public before it happened. That's according to three congressional officials who spoke to the AP. The officials said today that the threat—not just concerns that the captive's health might be failing—drove the Obama administration to quickly make a deal to rescue Bergdahl.

The threat had been transmitted by Qatari officials at the height of the negotiations. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was referring in part to the threat when he said Sunday that "there was a question about his safety," the officials told the senators in a closed-door briefing yesterday.

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Jaye
Jun 7, 2014 4:24 PM CDT
"We thought Bergdahl would be killed". The the point is? When has a democrat cared if a soldier lives or dies.
Chris Farley
Jun 7, 2014 12:20 PM CDT
At this point the administration should just not issue any statements on anything. His poll numbers are Bush like, and I doubt many people outside his cult like followers believe a thing that is said.
hondo66
Jun 6, 2014 10:20 PM CDT
First things first- Bush released 500 prisoners when they were determined to be non-combatants/non-Taliban and hapless Afghans caught in sweeps for terrorist. The reason why it has taken years to make the traitor for terrorist swap is that b. o. has started the emptying of GITMO which was one of his campaign promises.He has side stepped Congress, illegally, with the plan being that the swap was a legitimate POW repatriation. However, when it was revealed that the soldier was in fact a defector/traitor/Taliban sympathizer, b. o. and his lefty gang are attempting to justify, albeit weakly, that Bergdahl was a suffering POW. The uninformed lib/'crat who posted that most Americans want GITMO closed is lying. Goes hand and hand with the lefty out look= uniformed and , well, just plain lies. Anyway, Americans, by a factor of TWO to One, favor GITMO staying open. B. o. doesn't care about America and wants to punish it for past wrongs. Heard some news recently that after the Senate majority swings to Republican in November, a serious investigation will start to reveal b. o.'s true birth country. Since the 'original' Birth certificate of b. o. has been examined and determined to be fraudulent, it is likely that an investigation will confirm his fraudulent claim of U S citizenship. Should be interesting.