Washington (Web Desk): US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who last week pleaded guilty to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, has said that life in his own country was more tough than as a captive.
Bergdahl was held captive by the Afghan Taliban-allied Haqqani network in Afghanistan after deserting his post until May 2014 when his captors swapped him with five Taliban detainees in the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
“At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,’” Bergdahl, 31, tells British TV journalist Sean Langan in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times Magazine titled ‘The Homecoming from Hell’.
Langan himself was taken hostage by the Taliban while filming in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region in 2008. Three months later, his family negotiated his release with his captors.
Bergdahl says he never quite knew where he stood with the army as he performed “administrative duties” while awaiting his desertion trial.