An Army judge holds pre-trail hearing at Fort Bragg for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who is charged with deserting his combat outpost in Afghanistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, charged with deserting his combat outpost in Afghanistan before being captured by the Taliban in 2009, faced an Army judge in a pre-trial hearing Tuesday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner before gaining his release in a prisoner swap in 2014, faces a court-martial after being charged in 2015 with desertion and endangering U.S. troops. The latter offense carries a life sentence if he is convicted. The soldier's case has been controversial. Some fellow troops resented the military resources devoted to searching for him. Republicans criticized the Obama administration for the deal that freed him in a prisoner swap with the Taliban. He disappeared on June 30, 2009, from Combat Outpost Mest-Malak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and was captured by Taliban forces who subjected him to torture and neglect. He walked off his post to draw attention to "leadership failure" in his unit, Bergdahl said on the popular podcast Serial.