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Prisoner Exchange Creates Controversy

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
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A deal reached by the White House allowed for the release of American POW Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this week.

In exchange, five Taliban prisoners were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision has prompted reaction from members of the military and Congress.

Host Frank Stasio talks with NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman about the exchange. He also talks with Paul Levesque, President of the NC-5 Chapter of Rolling Thunder; Monica Cash, chair of the POW/MIA committee of the NC American Legion; and James Reese, former Delta Force officer and CEO of TigerSwan, a global security firm in Raleigh.

Since Bergdahl's release, several documents have emerged that reveal more details about the cirumstances of his disappearance. The New York Times reports a classified document shows Bergdahl most likely left his post, but does not say whether he intended to desert.

In a military document released by WikiLeaks, an intercepted message from the Taliban indicates the group was attacking an American post when it captured Bergdahl, who was unarmed. The message is not clear about Bergdahl's exact location at the time.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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