Bowe Bergdahl's parents, Jani and Bob Bergdahl, speak to the media in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014.The latest dramatic turn following the Taliban's release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. authorities last month is the revelation that he is now reportedly refusing to speak with his parents.
We have consulted with Congress for quite some time about the possibility that we might need to execute a prisoner exchange in order to recover Sergeant Bergdahl. We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sergeatn Bergdahl’s health. We had the cooperation of the Qataris to execute an exchange, and we seized that opportunity. And the process was truncated because we wanted to make sure that we did not miss that window.