Report: “Many” in intelligence community fear Bergdahl may have been an active collaborator with the Taliban

posted at 5:21 pm on June 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

Explosive stuff from James Rosen, whose private e-mail would surely be under surveillance by Eric Holder after this story if it wasn’t already.

The more damning the accusations against Bergdahl, the less the prisoner swap adds up.

A senior official confirms to Fox News that the conduct of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — both in his final stretch of active duty in Afghanistan and then, too, during his time when he lived among the Taliban — has been thoroughly investigated by the U.S. intelligence community and is the subject of “a major classified file.”

In conveying as much, the Defense Department source confirmed to Fox News that many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy

Sources told Fox News that many officials in the Executive Branch are “quite baffled” by the White House’s decision to allow the president to stand alongside Bergdahl’s father this past weekend, given the father’s history of controversial statements, emails and online posts.

There’s a Pentagon file that may or may not accuse this guy of outright treason and not only does Obama still do the deal for five Taliban bigwigs, he holds a big White House presser with Bergdahl’s father? What?

Rosen’s not the only reporter hearing whispers about collaboration either. Stephen Hayes of the Standard spoke to several soldiers from Bergdahl’s squad (one of whom tweeted at length about his suspicions this weekend) and heard lots of doubts — and not just about desertion.

[S]everal military officials who spoke with THE WEEKLY STANDARD noted privately that Taliban attacks on U.S. forces in the Paktika province seemed to increase in frequency and effectiveness [after Bergdahl disappeared]…

[O]thers wonder whether Bergdahl helped the Taliban, either willfully or under duress. In the hours after he disappeared, according to sources familiar with the intelligence, U.S. troops received an intelligence report that Bergdahl stopped in a local village and asked how to find the Taliban. That report, if it exists, is not mentioned in the Wikileaks documents related to Bergdahl’s disappearance. But several sources with knowledge of the case insist that the report is true.

Says one platoon mate: “He’s friends with the delivery driver, he’s friends with the goat farmer, he’s got relationships with all the locals—and he stops to ask how he can find the Taliban? He could have just gone to Habib the local goat farmer and floated along with the locals.”

Intel officials told Hayes that the Pentagon thoroughly investigated Bergdahl’s disappearance, questioning members of his squad many times. Among the things they wanted to know was whether he had info that could have helped the Taliban, be it medical, tactical (how to deal with IEDs), or strategic. Two other sources told him that Bergdahl was, in fact, considered AWOL by the Army — but that the Pentagon ultimately backed down on formally designating him that way, probably because the politics of accusing Bergdahl while he was in enemy hands would have been simply too hot for comfort.

But if all that’s true … why was Bergdahl promoted in absentia to sergeant in 2011? Why would he be in line for another promotion, to staff sergeant, this month? And why would the White House let itself get within a thousand miles of the Bergdahl family with suspicions like these ready to bubble over? It’s one thing to do a deal to get an American back; it’s another to give away the terrorist farm as part of it; and it’s another still to give away the farm for a guy whom your own investigators think may be a Taliban sympathizer. Remember, the ostensible point of the prisoner exchange is to set a precedent so that Obama can release other detainees at Gitmo later this year and finally close the prison. The last thing you’d want to do in that case is trade five especially dangerous detainees for someone whose loyalty to the U.S. is in serious question even within the administration’s own ranks. It’s a political tornado in the making; if Bergdahl does end up being proved a deserter or worse, Democrats will run screaming from future Gitmo prisoner releases. Just doesn’t make sense. Maybe the White House has reason to believe that Bergdahl’s getting a bum rap and really was taken against his will — but in that case, why isn’t Carney or anyone else pushing back hard with that information? What’s going on here?


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A word of caution to those who might support Sgt. Bergdhal in the future. This leak was a shot across the Obama Administrations bow. We have a good idea just what Sgt. Bergdhal was doing after he left his post. Bad? You have no idea. Bergdhal better have something to trade with, otherwise…..

flackcatcher on June 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM

There are so many posts (over 600) that I may be rehashing old info:

Even BEFORE deserting Bove Bergdahl showed a predisposition for being a traitor In an email to his family he wrote: “I am ashamed to even be an American.”–indicating a disgust and loathing for Americans and their Afghan mission.

Later, without permission, he simply walked off his post, l4eaving his rifle behind.

A frantic search for him may cost the lives of 6 soldiers including SSgt Clayton Bowen and PFC Morris Walker. The other 4 who died during the search: SSgt Kurt Curtis, 2nd Lt Darryn Andrews, PFC Mathew Michael Martinek and SSgt Michael Murphrey. Thanks to this bastard, 5 dangerous terrorists are free to kill again and 6 brave Americans are dead.

A 5 to 1 exchange for an America hater and likely deserter and traitor is the grounds for executive abuse of power and impaired judgment on the part of Obama.

MaiDee on June 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Sorry BOWE Bergdahl. Typo.

MaiDee on June 3, 2014 at 8:51 AM

NYT:

Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life. He slipped off the remote military outpost in Paktika Province on the border with Pakistan and took with him a soft backpack, water, knives, a notebook and writing materials, but left behind his body armor and weapons — startling, given the hostile environment around his outpost.

On top of that:

According to Catherine Herridge and others, the investigation into Bergdahl actually began before he deserted.

Also, apparently, he left with his cellphone, which he used to contact his commander the next day to inform him that he would not be returning.

The Pentagon concluded by 2010 that it was ‘incontrovertible’ that Bergdahl ‘walked away’ from his post and that it would not take any more ‘extraordinary measures’ in an effort to secure him because he ‘just wasn’t worth putting the lives of Special Forces at risk.’

Evidently, Obama and his ilk don’t consider exchanging 5 top-level, hardened Taliban jihadists, who Jim Clapper and Leon Panetta refused to swap in 2012 because they would almost certainly return to their status as a clear and present danger to the national security interests of the United States, for Bergdahl to be an ‘extraordinary measure.’

Resist We Much on June 3, 2014 at 8:57 AM

[i]Demonizing your opposition is a sign of intellectual weakness, not strength. Despite that, the lady I will happily vote for in 2016 for pResident honored the father of that exact same shallow practice, Saul Alinsky, in her senior thesis in college.
balk on June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM[/i]

And coincidentally, I might add, exactly what you are doing here

Brock Robamney on June 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Maybe the White House has reason to believe that Bergdahl’s getting a bum rap and really was taken against his will — but in that case, why isn’t Carney or anyone else pushing back hard with that information? What’s going on here?

THEY DON’T CARE!

The low info voter knows one thing. obama got all our POWs back. Oh, sure, there was only this one, and he wasn’t a POW anyway, and he was probably a deserter and collaborator, and likely even a traitor of the highest order, but have any of you seen any of that reported in a place where a LIV would actually see it?

Of course not. This won’t cost obama a thing. Again.

runawayyyy on June 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

This traitor provided material support to the Haqqani network. The same group that has killed American soldiers and journalists. He is no better than the terrorists released

Brock Robamney on June 3, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Oh no, Obama is in trouble (again)! ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN to the rescue!

higgins1991 on June 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Why are you all arguing with this person? I don’t bother discussing anything with anyone unless thay have the brains for it.

crankyoldlady on June 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

It’s the right way to operate. I wish we all heard you.

non-nonpartisan on June 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I’d like to thank the posters on here for educating me as you guys lay waste to these trolls….This stuff is more interesting and also scary how brainwashed some of these idiots are.

8 weight on June 3, 2014 at 6:52 AM

8weight, you have no idea how scary the truth actually is.

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rvastar on June 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Well, you did say “intelligence” community, so I know you can’t be talking about Susan Rice.

NoPain on June 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Maybe the White House has reason to believe that Bergdahl’s getting a bum rap and really was taken against his will — but in that case, why isn’t Carney or anyone else pushing back hard with that information? What’s going on here?

Don’t Do Stupid Sh*t!!
Smart Power!!©

DublOh7 on June 3, 2014 at 9:09 PM

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