Fox News has an article on their website today titled, “EXCLUSIVE:  Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show.”    WOW!  That headline begged opening, after all, could this be the ‘proof’ that the President made a bad trade (not that we don’t already know it.)   Where did these secret documents come from?  What do they prove?  So, I bought into the hype and read it.

Here is how the author, James Rosen, describes the intel documents that the article is based on:

“The reports are rich in on-the-ground detail — including the names and locations of the Haqqani commanders who ran the 200-man rotation used to guard the Idaho native — and present the most detailed view yet of what Bergdahl’s life over the past five years has been like. These real-time dispatches were generated by the Eclipse Group, a shadowy private firm of former intelligence officers and operatives that has subcontracted with the Defense Department and prominent corporations to deliver granular intelligence on terrorist activities and other security-related topics, often from challenging environments in far-flung corners of the globe.”

Cool!   This is the kind of group that might peak the interest of some Hollywood script writers.  Interesting stuff!   But, I’m not sure that this could be used as definitive proof of anything.   You’ll have to read for yourself and decide its usefulness. Thoughts?

Fox News – U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.

The reports indicate that Bergdahl’s relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, “he became much more of an accepted fellow” than is popularly understood. He even reportedly was allowed to carry a gun at times.

The documents show that Bergdahl at one point escaped his captors for five days and was kept, upon his re-capture, in a metal cage, like an animal. In addition, the reports detail discussions of prisoner swaps and other attempts at a negotiated resolution to the case that appear to have commenced as early as the fall of 2009.

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