Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is finally getting a glimpse of the raging debate over the details of his capture and the Taliban prisoner swap that secured his release.
A spokesman for the team overseeing his reintegration at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas said that after a five-year news blackout, the freed soldier "is gradually being provided media coverage about him."
No further details were provided about his exposure to controversy that accompanied his release two weeks ago.
Some of Bergdahl's fellow former soldiers have portrayed him as a deserter who walked off a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009 before he was captured by the Taliban.
Other critics say the five Taliban detainees transferred out of Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for Bergdahl were too dangerous to go free.
The Army has appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, a two-star general, to lead an investigation into the circumstances of Bergdahl's disappearance and capture.
Officials say that the 28-year-old is adapting to life back in the United States, eating and sleeping on a routine schedule while debriefings and medical care continue.
At a briefing on Friday, they said that he had not been reunited with his parents and that he will decide when he wants to see them.
— Tracy Connor
First published June 17 2014, 10:05 AM