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June 5th, 2014
04:49 PM ET

What was going through Bergdahl's head?

(CNN) – Former Navy psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Ragan, who has helped countless veterans, weighs in on the mental state of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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June 5th, 2014
04:34 PM ET

New claims about Bergdahl's capture

(CNN) – It's been a challenge piecing together the events leading up to the capture of newly-freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, thanks in no small part to the military's clampdown on information from that night.

But now, CNN has uncovered remarkable new claims from local Afghan officials, not just about Bergdahl's capture, but his actions in the moments beforehand.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr joins reports.

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June 5th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

McCain: I would have rejected Bergdahl deal

(CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain, himself a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, says his "heart goes out" to Bowe Bergdahl, but slammed the deal that swapped five Guantanamo Bay detainees for the captured Army sergeant.

"I wanted him home. I didn't want to risk the lives, and don't want to risk the lives of Americans," said McCain. "I would never agree with that."

Asked if he would have rejected the deal, even if that meant Bergdahl would still be held prisoner in Afghanistan or Pakistan, McCain says he would have.

"I’m afraid that that’s the case, because our first obligation is not to put the lives of American fighting men and women at risk by having these (five detainees) return to the fight," said McCain.
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June 5th, 2014
12:18 PM ET

On allegations that insurgent chatter said Bergdahl was seeking the Taliban

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – It was nothing short of explosive when former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that his squad knew from “radio interceptions” that Bowe Bergdahl – who had just disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan – “was looking for someone who spoke English so he could talk to the Taliban.”

Pressed for more information, Bergdahl’s team leadersaid he had been “standing right next to the radio when they heard that there is an American in a village called Yahya Khail, which was about two miles from where we were at.
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