Bergdahl: I was tortured by Taliban

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Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A US Army sergeant who was held captive by the Taliban before being freed in a prisoner swap has said he was tortured during his five years of detention.

Bowe Bergdahl said he was beaten with a copper cable as he spent months blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed.

The 28-year-old soldier described his harsh treatment in Afghanistan in a letter that has been released by his defence lawyer.

The Army charged Sgt Bergdahl with desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy for leaving his post in June 2009. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the criminal charges.

Sgt Bergdahl was freed last year in exchange for five Taliban commanders held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In the letter, he says he suffered from hunger, thirst and serious infections from sores that developed where his hands and feet were bound to the bed.

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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