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Obama administration official smears Bergdahl's fellow soldiers as 'psychopaths'

Bowe Bergdahl
Bowe Bergdahl
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On Wednesday, Brandon Friedman, deputy assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, suggested on Twitter that the soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl might be psychopaths, Twitchy reported.

"Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?" he tweeted.

The message prompted a torrent of criticism on Twitter.

"That better describes this admin than American Soldiers," one person said.

"Obama admin is calling soldiers who ruined their narrative psychopaths?" another person asked.

"Interesting in that millions of citizens are REALLY wondering if WH is long on psychopaths and short on leadership," tweeted "cordelia lear."

The message was just the first in a series of five tweets Friedman issued in his effort to blame the soldiers who served with Bergdahl.

"What if he grew disillusioned with what he saw, didn't trust his leadership, and walked off? Legal? No. Worthy of sympathy? Maybe," he added. "If that were the case, the soldiers in his platoon would have all the more reason to smear him publicly now."

"Given other examples, it's not out of the realm of possibility--and more reason to withhold judgment until after an investigation," he continued. "I'm not a fan of such speculation, but this story could not be more unbalanced--with so many premature calls of 'traitor.'"

As one Twitter user noted, it's the third trial balloon placing blame on Bergdahl's fellow soldiers, who say he voluntarily left his base. Three days prior to his departure, Bergdahl sent an email expressing disgust with the Army and the United States. According to reports, he also left a note renouncing his U.S. citizenship, and one person told The Blaze's Buck Sexton there is video of Bergdahl leaving his post.

In response, White House aides accused the soldiers of "swift-boating" Bergdahl, NBC's Chuck Todd reported.

“They did not expect this backlash on Bergdahl himself,” Todd said on NBC’s “Today.” I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as we didn’t know that they were going to ‘swift boat’ Bergdahl. And that’s a reference to that political fight back in 2004 over John Kerry’s military service.”

On Tuesday, State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf suggested the soldiers were unreliable sources of information regarding the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's reported capture.

"I’m saying we do not know the fact pattern yet. We don’t. Nobody knows exactly what happened that night," Harf told Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson.

"Well, I think that his squad-mates would have the best indication," Tomlinson said in response.

“I don’t think that that’s the case,” she said.

Translation: According to the administration, the soldiers who served with Bergdahl are psychopaths who don't know what they are talking about and are trying to smear him for their own benefit.

Twitchy called Friedman's attempt to smear other soldiers "insane."

One person suggested that as an official in the Obama administration, Friedman was simply "following orders." Another person joked that Obama is "going to be outraged when he sees in the paper what Brandon Friedman said on Twitter."

Twitchy concluded by saying there are no coincidences for such behavior in "Chicago-on-the-Potomac."

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