Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to desertion and endangering his comrades by walking away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held captive for five years. He was released in 2014 in a swap for five Taliban prisoners who were being held at Guantanamo Bay. Former President Barack Obama approved the deal to bring Bergdahl home, saying the U.S. doesn’t leave service members behind. President Trump has criticized the deal, calling Bergdahl a “dirty, rotten traitor.” Bergdahl, 31, said he left his post hoping to tell other commanders about problems in his unit. Still, he said Monday, “I understand that leaving was against the law.” He will be sentenced by a military judge later this month.

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