Ret. Lt. Col. claims Bergdahl will be charged with desertion

Update: A senior military official has confirmed Bergdahl’s charges with NBC news, but Army General Mark Milley, the command authority in the Bergdahl case has not publicly released his findings.

As reported by, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban last year in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners, is being charged with desertion for leaving his post.  Bergdahl was reportedly held captive by the Taliban for five years after leaving his unit in Afghanistan without permission in 2009.

Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer informed Bill O’Reilly on Monday night that it has been confirmed the investigation by the Army had been concluded. According to, two separate military sources have confirmed Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given a “charge sheet” informing him of the desertion charge and listing out the articles of the uniform military code that have been violated.

“This has been done, the decision has been made,” Shaffer asserted. “And let me be very clear, as a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation.”

“This is shaping up to be a Titanic struggle behind the scenes,” he added. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing. Factually, there’s no way they can not do the right thing regarding Bergdahl. And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban… The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.”

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