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Bowe Bergdahl

Ransom paid to con man

19 Nov, 2014

Rep. Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, states in a letter that Joint Special Operations Command made the payment covertly as part of a release deal, but that it was stolen by the Afghan intermediary claiming to represent the Haqqani terrorist network. Letter addressed to Hagel:

Given the significance of this matter, as well as the fact that Pentagon officials have denied that a payment was even considered — and you also said you were unaware of any such attempt — I ask you to immediately inquire with JSOC to determine the specific order of events

The Pentagon says the payment wasn’t a ransom, but was meant to be made in exchange for intelligence leading to Bergdahl’s release.