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NBC’s Richard Engel, reporting Wednesday outside the U.S. military hospital where Bowe Bergdahl is being treated in Germany, said that the Taliban have been more forward with providing information about the situation than the U.S. government. Engel said all he’s received in written statements from hospital spokespersons is news that Bergdahl’s health is stable and that he’ll be transferred back to the United States once he’s medically cleared.
“The Taliban, however, have been very forthcoming with information,” Engel said outside Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. He pointed specifically to a video the Taliban released supposedly showing Bergdahl being turned over to the Americans, and added that he received numerous details about the handoff from a Taliban spokesperson.
A Pentagon spokesman said the government had “no reason to doubt the video’s authenticity,” but that it was still reviewing it.