It’s not earth-shaking, as it’s just more of what’s been out there. But Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a former Army intelligence officer who came to public fame of sorts in the Able Danger controversy, in which he came forth with the revelation that the Defense Intelligence Agency had a data-mining program which uncovered two of the three Al Qaeda cells involved in the 9/11 plot, but the intel wasn’t acted on, offers up two interesting bits of information about the Bowe Bergdahl trade. Specifically, he repeats or perhaps confirms the allegation that not only did the Obama administration give up five Taliban commanders for Bergdahl but also paid a $5 million ransom, and second, he repeats or confirms what’s obvious but not officially acknowledged – that Bergdahl did in fact desert his post in Afghanistan.
To date the Obama administration refuses to make public much of anything surrounding the Bergdahl trade, which has as O’Reilly says come under more scrutiny in light of the rather generous terms offered to Cuba by the administration to get Alan Gross back. We’re now told next month there will be an official report released on Bergdahl, but if it’s more than a whitewash it would be surprising.