LATEST: Officials Say Military Advised Obama Not to Make Bergdahl Swap
On The Real Story this hour, Mike Emanuel reported new fallout over the release of five Gitmo detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A senior Defense official tells Fox News that military officials advised President Obama not to make the prisoner swap, calling it “like handing over five four-star generals of the Taliban.”
Meanwhile, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, blasted the report that the Taliban threatened to kill Bergdahl if anyone leaked word of the swap.
Sen. Chambliss said, “I don’t know of anybody among the folks who historically have been given classified information that would leak anything. We all get classified daily, and you don’t see leaks coming out of us.”
Another prominent lawmaker says the Obama administration was concerned that if they told Congress about the release, there would’ve been bipartisan opposition to the deal.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters, “I also believe that the White House did not want to hear those kinds of objections and that is the true reason they did not consult before the exchange was made.”
Sources say intelligence shows that Bergdahl was not as much of a prisoner as thought, and that he was “wandering around.” Fox News’ James Rosen obtained documents showing that Bergdahl converted to Islam while he was a prisoner of war and was fraternizing openly with the Taliban.
Today, National Security Advisor Susan Rice cautioned against a rush to judgment.
“This is a young man whose circumstances we are still going to learn about. He is, as all Americans, innocent until proven guilty. He is now being tried in the court of public opinion after having gone through enormously traumatic five years in captivity,” she said.
Rice previously took heat for saying Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.” Since Bergdahl’s release, his fellow soldiers have publicly stated that he was a deserter who walked away from his unit in Afghanistan.
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