Bergdahl Begins Telling His Story of Capture
He waives right to be silent in Army interview
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 8:26 AM CDT
This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August, 2014.   (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell)

(Newser) – Bowe Bergdahl is freely telling his story to Army investigators about how he came to be held captive by the Taliban. Bergdahl waived his right to remain silent yesterday, "letting the facts unfold in his own voice" to Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who is in charge of the investigation into his disappearance, Bergdahl's new lawyer tells the New York Times. "He has responded to every question asked of him," says Eugene Fidell. As to what that story is—and whether Bergdahl abandoned his base and headed for the Taliban of his own accord—Fidell isn't saying.

"It has been a combination of a conversation and a narrative, and it has been entirely nonconfrontational," says Fidell, who added that the interview was carried out in a "comfortable" room with four people present at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Questioning continues today, and Bergdahl's interview will help determine whether he will face any sort of punishment, including for desertion, the AP reports.

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Aug 7, 2014 10:25 PM CDT
I think the guy has had punishment enough.
Aug 7, 2014 3:41 PM CDT
Nice that he's had all this time with his attorney to help with his statement ! ! !
Aug 7, 2014 10:39 AM CDT
I'll go with Troy on this one also. This is why they have trials. I'm sure that his fellow members each have their own belief, but if he had left before and come back then who is to blame? Evidently they went on patrols with him and after he went missing it seems odd that all this other stuff came out only after he got released. Remember it was right before Obama got him back people were whinning about why we hadn't got him, but after we got him they are upset because they are calling him a deserter, among other things. Seems to me some have also been scripted on what to say against him. The 5 that were released I would say that it will come out whether or not they would be released anyway.