Seven months after being freed from the Taliban in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is set to be charged with desertion.
Bergdahl was freed in May, five years after he was captured by the Taliban in 2009 when he left his unit without permission. His exchange was extremely controversial, as many accused him of deserting his unit.
Now, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer has revealed that Bergdahl has been handed a charge sheet listing all the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice he has violated.
According to Daily Mail, Shaffer said in an interview Monday:
“His attorney was given what we call a charge sheet. A charge sheet is results of the investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated. The key violation is desertion. And this has been done. The decision has been made. Let me be very clear. As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation.”
“This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” Shaffer said. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing … And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”
According to a 2014 study, the U.S. army has prosecuted 1,900 cases of desertion since 2001.