Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a five-year captive of the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan, may have been an intelligence operative whose cover was blown after the White House outed the CIA’s top intelligence official in the Islamic country by mistake.
Bergdahl, 28, was found by the Islamist insurgent group in the Paktika province of Afghanistan on June 30, 2009 after allegedly deserting his unit.
But considering that the Obama administration moved to secure his release barely a week after the White House accidentally revealed the head of CIA operations in Afghanistan, in addition to other strange circumstances, Bergdahl may have actually been an embedded intelligence asset who allowed himself to be captured in order to infiltrate the Haqqani network, yet was ultimately endangered by the Obama administration’s blunder.
The Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, said that the administration had to move quickly to save Bergdahl’s life but why would Bergdahl be in danger now more than ever during his previous five years of captivity?
The Obama administration has also showed more hospitality to the Bergdahl family than, say, the family of late SEAL Team Six member Michael Strange for example, which would indicate that the White House and the Bergdahls are close collaborators.
And it is very revealing that the administration made the unprecedented move to negotiate with terrorists by offering to release five al-Qaeda linked fighters in exchange for one alleged army deserter, which effectively sets a price for every captured American service member in the Middle East. This exchange is eerily similar to a “spy swap” between two countries.
On top of it all, Obama didn’t even bother to give Congress 30-day prior notice before the release of the Guantánamo Bay prisoners as required by law.
“My perception is he broke the law by not informing Congress 30 days before,” Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., told MSNBC.
Recent statements by Bergdahl’s father – as well as his mannerisms – also suggest that Bergdahl was trained by an intelligence agency to penetrate the Haqqani network under deep cover.
For one thing, it’s puzzling that Robert Bergdahl, Bergdahl’s father and an Idaho resident, can speak Pashto, one of the official languages of Afghanistan, considering that the State Dept.’s Foreign Service Institute considers Pashto one of the most difficult languages for an English-speaker to learn, especially without immersion in a native environment.
Both the FSI and the Pentagon’s Defense Language Institute are likely the two best sources for Pashto course material for native English speakers.
And just this past weekend a tweet sent from the account of Robert Bergdahl stated a desire to see all Guantánamo Bay detainees released:
— wendy worden (@wendykjohns) May 31, 2014
Additionally, Robert Bergdahl tears up with joyous emotion when speaking about the Afghan people during interviews with the press.
So it’s not entirely far-fetched to suggest that his statements and mannerisms are intended to give credibility to his son’s possible cover, and combined with the extreme political risk that Obama took to ensure the exchange, there’s no doubt that there’s more to this story than what’s been revealed by the government.
But one thing is for certain: the White House has used this to successfully shift the media’s attention away from Obama’s mishandling of the recent Veterans Affairs scandal.