Attorneys for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl say comments by Sen. John McCain violate Bergdahl’s due process and that the government should now drop charges against him. This defense ploy is a shift from their strategy to present Bergdahl as a hero, not a traitor.
Bergdahl’s attorneys have shifted the narrative to, “he was just a man who no longer supported what the military was doing in Afghanistan but did not intend to bring harm to his fellow soldiers.”
Bergdahl is facing a sentence of life in prison on charges of desertion and endangerment of American troops, after he allegedly walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban shortly after he disappeared and held as a prisoner for almost five years before he was released in a prisoner swap for five high-ranking Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has repeatedly commented on the Bergdahl case, saying he believes Bergdahl is guilty. Last year, McCain warned that if Bowe Bergdahl does not receive punishment for his actions, then he will hold a hearing the Senate Armed Services Committee.