The New York Times reports that Robert Bergdahl "reached out to [Taliban] insurgents" and is now "in regular email contact" with a man he believes is a member of the Taliban concerning the 2009 capture of his son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in eastern Afghanistan.
"Why wouldn’t a father do this? This is my job," Robert Bergdahl told the Times, saying he believed that the Taliban would not harm his son.
The Bergdahl family broke its traditional silence last week, claiming that negotiations to release their son had stalled. The father said he went public to "push the Obama administration to revive talks."
Bergdahl told the Times that he remained optimistic that his son's ordeal would end well.
"That's how much confidence we have in Bowe," said Bergdahl. "He's like a cat who always lands on his feet."