Bergdahl parents were given extraordinary access to insiders and sensitive data
While their son was missing and being sought by US military forces, Robert and Jani Bergdahl are reported to have received extremely unusual treatment. Rowan Scarborough reports in the Washington Times:
The Obama administration gave the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl extraordinary insider access to the military’s hunt for their son by having them take part in a series of secure video conferences with senior commanders as well as White House and State Department officials.
A former government official involved in American hostage issues said he had never heard of giving a family such access and questioned whether sensitive information could have been conveyed to Robert and Jani Bergdahl and somehow leaked out. A family spokesman said he knows of no such breach.
While all of us must sympathize with the Bergdahls’ ordeal as their son was in captivity, it is also prudent to wonder if a father who has expressed sympathy with Taliban prisoners and who may have had social media contact with a representative of Al Qaeda, merited extraordinary access to sensitive information.
The degree of contact with the Bergdahl parents makes it obvious that the White House must have been aware of Mr. Bergdahl’s unusual sympathies, raising questions about the wisdom of carrying through Rose Garden spectacle last week, featuring an invocation of Allah from the Koran.
Why were these parents in particular singled out for such unusual treatment?