Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the lone Afghanistan P.O.W. who was recovered in a Taliban prisoner exchange, had “walked away” before, according to The New York Times.
A classified military report detailing the Army?s investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in June 2009 says that he had wandered away from assigned areas before - both at a training range in California and at his remote outpost in Afghanistan- and then returned, according to people briefed on it. The roughly 35-page report, completed two months after Sergeant Bergdahl left his unit, concludes that he most likely walked away of his own free will from his outpost in the darkness of night, and it criticized lax security practices and poor discipline within his unit. But it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that Sergeant Bergdahl intended to permanently desert.