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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pentagon Talks About Comments Made by POW Bergdahl's Father

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Top brass at the Pentagon spoke publicly this morning about recent comments from the Hailey family of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, believed to be held by the Taliban.

Bergdahl's father, Bob, gave extensive interviews to The New York Times and Time Magazine in the past week, saying he was in "regular email contact" with a man he believes was a member of the Taliban.

"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."

This morning, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon was doing everything possible to secure Bergdahl's release.

"We certainly understand the concerns of the family, and we share the concerns about Bergdahl and the importance of getting him returned,” Panetta said. “And we're doing everything possible to try to see if we can make that happen.”

Dempsey echoed Panetta's sentiments.

“If you go to the [U.S. Central Command] command center conference room, there's [a] four-by-six-foot poster of Bowe Bergdahl sitting in front of the podium to remind them, and therefore us, every day that he remains missing in action,” said Dempsey.

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