Transcript for The Firestorm Over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's Release
Fast moving story of American -- bird doll and the firestorm over the deal that released him from captivity. Five Taliban leaders have gone free in the deal and a lot of people are arguing that was too high a price to pay. Other people wondering tonight about the baffling young man who wandered off his post. The only thing everyone seems to agree on those sent to his rescue work heroic. Our coverage of the release of -- bird dog begins with ABC's global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz Martha. Good evening Diane tonight we are hearing stunning new accusations from the soldiers who served with -- -- And those who risked their lives to save him. With even a former senior defense official tonight calling Bert -- a deserter. Tonight the question who really is -- -- -- This soldier hospitalized in stable condition he was held so long by the Taliban. We know we is still speaking their native language finding English difficult. Only -- we need to come home. US CM Saturday with US drones and helicopters tracking overhead. A team of so called black US special operators those who were part of the most secretive missions. A ride for a prearranged meeting with -- doll and close to twenty Taliban. A tense exchange but no shots fired as the 28 year old was hustled into a waiting helicopter. Soon his parents of hearing with the president in the Rose Garden. His dad growing a long -- in support for his son even learning that captures language expressing deep gratitude. But today the controversy over the deal releasing those five members of the Taliban is only growing. And some of the soldiers who served with -- -- described as a skilled marksman who also liked ballet. And was home schooled in his small town in Idaho. Are beginning to speak out. Former army sergeant Evan Buteau was bird -- team leader. He describes him as a good soldier who wanted to help the Afghan people. But that bird -- began complaining about the US role in the war he was definitely upset and frustrated with. The war effort and how how we're handling our business then just two months into his deployment. Early in the morning berg dog disappeared. Leaving his body armor weapons and helmet behind and while glad he is alive and free to use -- considers -- -- -- deserter he walked away. He walked right at the base the fact of the matter is is he deserted us. In the middle of Afghanistan to go and find the Taliban. Within hours -- -- would be in the hands of the Taliban and the US military would be launching a massive search. The search that few toe and other soldiers say resulted in the deaths of American soldiers people calling him a hero -- people. Calling him this. This great soldier and it's a spit in the face to. One all the soldiers who were there and more importantly it's a spit in the face to the soldiers who died. As a direct result to him leading. The Pentagon has never on the record said that -- -- walked away from his post but the former defense official agreeing with sergeant in tow. Saying that he believes -- -- was seeking out the Taliban. What's needed now of course is Bert -- side of the story Diane and everyone eager to hear that thank you Martha Raddatz.
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