The video of Bowe Bergdahl's handover is fueling the controversy surrounding his release. The Taliban is using the recording as propaganda. Now every move on the video is being analyzed. Anderson watched it with two people who spent time held captive in Afghanistan and a former Navy SEAL commander.
– Investigative reporter David Rohde was taken by militants and escaped after seven months.
– New York Times correspondent Stephen Farrell was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and was recued days later.
– Dan O'Shea is a former Navy SEAL commander who served as the coordinator for the hostage working group at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
The reason why Sergeant Bergdahl walked away from his base in Afghanistan remains a mystery. His upbringing may hold some clues. His childhood was not conventional, and neither was his path to the military. George Howell takes an up close look.
David Sedney got to know Sgt. Bergdahl's family. He was the Pentagon's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. In that job, he briefed Sergeant Bergdahl's family on the fate of their son.
It took the release of five Taliban detainees from Girmo to secure Bowe Bergdahl's freedom. For the next year, Qatari officials will have custody of the men and say they will not leave the country. So what will life be like for them? Ivan Watson has new information.
When Bowe Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan, the mission immediately changed for soldiers across the region. Over the next three months, six members of Bergdahl's unit were killed. Some in the military not only blame Bergdahl for their deaths, but say he should be prosecuted. Pam Brown takes a closer look at what happened.
While news of Bowe Bergdahl's release may have initially given hope to families of other Americans who are being held overseas, the backlash is giving some reason to worry. Randi Kaye takes a look at their stories.
Warren Weinstein's daughter Alisa has spent years campaigning for her father's release. She tells Anderson that she finds the idea that Sgt. Bergdahl is more worthy of freedom to be "insulting."
We don't know why Bowe Bergdahl walked off his base, leaving his fellow soldiers and his weapon behind. Retired Sergeant Josh Korder was in Bergdahl's platoon when he was captured. Sgt. Korder explains to Anderson why he and other soldiers were not surprised to hear it was Bergdahl who disappeared after learning someone was missing.
Pamela Brown takes a closer look at Bowe Bergdahl's time in the military.
There are few people who can relate to what Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his family are gong through right now. But Keith Stansell is one of them. He was held for five years by FARC militants in Colombia. Anderson spoke with Keith and his mother Lynne Stansell.
Senator John McCain is a former prisoner of war and he is also one of the most vocal critics of the Obama Administration's deal to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home. He spoke to Anderson and questioned President Obama's priorities after releasing five Taliban detainees from Gitmo.
Anderson Cooper spoke to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about the release of Bowe Bergdahl. They spoke for so long we could not fit the entire interview on TV. Their full conversation is available here.
You can see part 2 of the full interview here:
Anderson discussed Bowe Bergdahl's time in captivity with former Navy SEAL Dan O'Shea and investigative reporter David Rohde, who escaped after he was held captive by the Taliban for seven months.
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