Army veteran says he's not sure Bergdahl was ever held against his will

Army veteran says he's not sure Bergdahl was ever held against his will

Army veteran says he's not sure Bergdahl was ever held against his will

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 6:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The army is now saying they will review the circumstances of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture in Afghanistan.

More soldiers who served with Bergdahl are now coming forward saying he was a deserter and is no hero including an army veteran from Southern Indiana. That veteran said he’s not sure Bergdahl was ever held against his will.

The Taliban prisoners who were let go in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom are walking around freely tonight in Quatar. This is what is most unsettling to Joey Cox who served in the same unit with Bergdahl in Afghanistan.

“It’s a spit in the face for every soldier that's served in Afghanistan,” Joey Cox said.

Cox is an army veteran who served with Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan in 2009.

Cox declined to talk on camera after his interview aired with Inside Edition Monday night, but did a phone interview with WHAS11.

“This man is not a national hero. He deserted us in a combat zone and six brave men, who were the heroes, died looking for him,” Cox said.

Cox said Bergdahl walked off the base in the middle of the night nearly five years ago.

He said Bergdahl was always friendly with the Afghan people.

Cox even questions whether Bergdahl was actually being held against his will.

“According to the videos that were posted on YouTube he didn't look like he was being held against his will honestly,” Cox said.

And adding even more fuel to the controversy is a tweet by Bergdahl's father.

He tweeted the following on May 28: "I am working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen."

But today President Barack Obama defended the measures taken to free Bergdahl.

"We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl's health.  We had the cooperation of the Qataris to execute an exchange and we seized that opportunity," Obama said. 
 

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