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Fox's James Rosen: Sources say Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with Taliban

Fox's James Rosen (r) says sources told him Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with the Taliban.
Fox's James Rosen (r) says sources told him Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with the Taliban.
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While appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday, Fox News' James Rosen said intelligence sources told him that Bowe Bergdahl not only willingly collaborated with the Taliban, but that his involvement with the terror group may be “as serious as you can imagine,” the Daily Caller reported.

“My reporting has shown that the intelligence community also undertook a separate investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl,” Rosen said, “both his final period of active duty that culminated in that mysterious evening, and also his conduct over the past five years, which is said to have been a period of captivity.”

Rosen also mentioned a new investigation announced by Army Secretary Jack McHugh undertaken since the events of the last weekend.

“Alright, now why would -- you say the intelligence, I assume that’s defense intelligence, the CIA, all those people -- why would they bother investigating a sergeant who was taken captive?” O’Reilly asked in response. “I mean, why would they spend those resources?”

“Well, with greatest proximity, because they were tasked with doing so,” Rosen said. “But my reporting on this is that there are many inside the intelligence community who harbor outstanding concerns not just that Sgt. Bergdahl may have been a deserter, but that he became an active collaborator with the enemy.”

Rosen cited some of Bergdahl's emails that were sent prior to his leaving the post, such as one where he expressed disgust with the Army and the United States. He also mentioned the fact that Bergdahl sent many of his possessions home and cited "what he did and did not take" when he left the base.

He also mentioned information he said had been in the public domain for some time, including a 2010 interview the UK Daily Mail conducted with a Taliban commander in which it was said that Bergdahl had taught the Taliban how to turn a mobile phone into an IED.

“The last thing I will tell you is — I’m still working on this story, I’m talking to a broad range of sources in and out of the government, in and out of the military,” Rosen added. “And all I will say is, there are many forms that active collaboration can take. I’m investigating claims that it could go as serious as you could imagine.”

"To say anything further," he added, "could be speculative."

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