Hero, Traitor or too Much Smoke & Mirrors?

Posted on June 9, 2014

More questions than answers after release of US sergeant who some accuse of deserting his unit in Afghanistan five years ago, writes Tom Leonard.

Comrades recall how Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl had just come off guard duty in the early hours of June 30, 2009 when he approached his team leader with a peculiar question.

If he were to leave their base – a remote US outpost in the mountains of south-eastern Afghanistan – would it be a problem if he took his “sensitive” equipment?

Having been advised that taking his gun and night vision goggles would certainly be “a problem”, the 23-year-old returned to his makeshift barracks and collected his water bottle, digital camera, knife, compass and diary. Then he slipped into the darkness.

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