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Hero or deserter?

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  • On Twitter, man who says he served with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl joins those critical of the recently released American
  • Tweets background, details explaining why he thinks soldier's disappearance was desertion
  • Defense Dept.: 'We have not classified him as a deserter'
Hero or deserter?

An allegedly authoritative voice in the debate surrounding the 2009 disappearance of recently released Taliban prisoner Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has emerged on the Twitter account of a person who claims to have served alongside Bergdahl in his platoon and participated in the search for him throughout the Paktika province.

The story told across more than 100 tweets by @CodyFNfootball is not a particularly flattering one for Bergdahl, who is currently receiving medical treatment at a U.S. military hospital in Germany after being released to American special forces on Saturday.

As accusations that the Idaho man hailed as a hero may also have been a deserter continue to pile on, the Twitter user who only identifies himself as "Cody" has provided his own allegedly first-hand observations and impressions of Bergdahl in the time leading up to, and including, his June 30, 2009 disappearance. Many of the details provided appear to match known accounts of events that took place during that period.

We've included many of @CodyFNfootball's tweets here. You can read his full timeline on his Twitter page. "B" refers to Sgt. Bergdahl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Department of Defense has not classified Bergdahl as a deserter and a senior official reinforced to CNN that "at this point we do not have any understanding of why he left his camp that night."

Once Bergdahl's health improves, the official said, there will be "time for him to tell his story, decompress, and to reconnect with his family through telephone calls and video conferences."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also stated that Bergdahl's physical and mental condition takes precedence for the time being and these other issues will be addressed when the time is appropriate. "Our first priority is assuring his well-being and his health and getting him reunited with his family," Hagel said Sunday. "Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later."

Follow Jonathan Anker on Twitter @JonFromHLN

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