Former CIA Operative 'Stunned' That Bergdahl Will Avoid Prison Time
Former CIA operative Mike Baker said he's "stunned" and "shocked" that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not sentenced to prison time for leaving his post in Afghanistan in June 2009.
Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, was fined, reduced in rank to E1 and dishonorably discharged.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to call the sentence a "complete and total disgrace."
The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
Prosecutors had requested a 14-year prison term following a week of emotional testimony from the survivors who were wounded during missions to find Bergdahl after he walked off his base and unwittingly into the clutches of the Taliban.
Bergdahl was brought home by President Barack Obama in 2014 in a swap for five senior Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
On "Your World," Baker said he didn't expect Bergdahl to get a life sentence - as some had called for - but he was confident that he would at least get some prison time.
"Five to seven years, something to account for the fact that he deserted, he abandoned his post, he put his comrades, his brothers in arms, at risk," Baker said.
He said he understands that Bergdahl suffered at the hands of the Taliban while he was held captive for five years, but that was Bergdahl's own doing because he deserted.
"I think there had to be some prison time, and I just can't figure out what that judge was thinking."
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