When Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was traded for five Taliban leaders who were previously Guantanamo Bay detainees, the majority of Americans disagreed with the decision.
Now, in addition to being charged with desertion, Bergdahl is also being charged with misbehavior before the enemy.
The Military Times reports:
Observers wondered for months if Bergdahl would be charged with desertion after the deal brokered by the U.S. to bring him home. He was — but he was also charged with misbehavior before the enemy, a much rarer offense that carries a stiffer potential penalty in this case.
“I’ve never seen it charged,” Walter Huffman, a retired major general who served as the Army’s top lawyer, said of the misbehavior charge. “It’s not something you find in common everyday practice in the military.”
Bergdahl could face a life sentence if convicted of the charge, which accuses him of endangering fellow soldiers when he “left without authority; and wrongfully caused search and recovery operations.”
Following the release of Bergdahl into U.S. custody, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that he served with “honor and distinction.”
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