Buzzfeed: Bergdahl family considered paying ransom

June 27, 2014 

In what the website billed as an exclusive, Buzzfeed posted a report Thursday evening suggesting Bob Bergdahl, father of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, was working on a deal to pay the Taliban a $10 million ransom for his son.

The deal would have involved private money, though it's not clear from whom. Buzzfeed cited two anonymous sources for the particulars of the effort, but also noted that Bob Bergdahl downplayed to another journalist any attempt to arrange a ransom and said that no actual ransom price was discussed.

You can read Buzzfeed's report here.

This is not the first time the suggestion of a ransom has been mentioned in the press since a swap for five Guantanamo prisoners secured Sgt. Bergdahl's release in May. Bergdahl, of Hailey, was captured in June 2009 after walking away from his base in Afghanistan. He is currently recovering and reacclimating at Fort Sam Houston in Texas; an Army investigation of just why he walked away is pending.

A Fox News report in early June on the prisoner trade said "a second option - involving the payment of a cash ransom for Bergdahl's freedom - was pursued as late as December 2013."

The Pentagon strongly denied that any ransom was paid as part of the final deal in response to speculation, including in an interview retired Lt. Col. Oliver North gave to NewsMaxTV.

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