Bergdahl "eager" to give his side during investigation

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- After a full day of interviews Wednesday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is set to resume answering questions as part of the investigation into his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl is heading up the investigation into the Hailey native, who was held captive by the Taliban for almost five years.

NBC Corespondent Gabe Gutierrez said Thursday morning the general was trying to discern why Bergdahl left his post before his capture.

"General Dahl is trying to figure out whether he did desert his outpost as several of his former platoon mates have claimed," Gutierrez said from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Bergdahl has been since he was returned to the U.S. The Taliban released him as part of a prisoner swap in May.

Dahl will ultimately recommend to his superiors whether or not Bergdahl should face desertion charges. That recommendation could come as early as the end of the month, Gutierrez said.

Although Bergdahl could face incarceration if charged and convicted of desertion, his lawyer Eugene Fidell says he is cooperating with the investigation and wants a chance to give his version of events.

Wednesday, the questioning stretched on for most of the day.

"He spoke for about nine hours yesterday with the general investigating this," Gutierrez said. "He answered every question, he waived his right to remain silent, and Bergdahl's attorney said it appears his client is very eager to share his side of the story for the first time on the record with the Army."

The interviews will start up again at 7 a.m. Thursday. But this time, Gutierrez said, they are only slated to last a few hours.


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