Channeling my inner “beast”

Late last week, I was tasked with covering Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Article 32 hearing for The Daily Beast. Bergdahl, 29, left his post in Afghanistan in 2009, was subsequently captured by the Taliban, and spent five years in captivity.

Bowe Bergdahl, courtesy of Army/Reuters
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, courtesy of Army/Reuters

President Barack Obama traded five Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl in 2014. Amid rumors that Bergdahl had assisted the Taliban and left his post on his own accord, he was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in March.

The Article 32 hearing is a preliminary proceeding, after which the Army will determine whether or not to court-martial Bergdahl. Check out my coverage of the two-day proceeding here:

Can Bowe Bergdahl get a fair trial after publicly being called a traitor? 

Day 1: Bowe Bergdahl’s commanders detail their frantic, dangerous search

Day 2: Grieving parents: Jail Bowe Bergdahl