Book claims bin Laden team also attempted Bergdahl rescue

By THE IDAHO STATESMAN Published: September 6, 2012

“No Easy Day,” the new book by former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, writing under the pen name of Mark Owen, details the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The same team tried to save Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, KBOI reported. Bergdahl, 26, is the only U.S. prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict.

Here are some passages concerning Bergdahl:

“Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009. A Taliban group captured him and quickly moved him closer to the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan in hopes of getting him across. Our intelligence analysts tracked every lead after his disappearance, and we launched several rescue attempts but came up empty. It was a race to get him back before they smuggled him to Pakistan.

“One evening just after the first video appeared, we got word they might have [a] possible location for him. ‘Intelligence says he was likely in this area south of Kabul today,’ our troop commander said, pointing at a map of central Afghanistan. ‘We don't have much intel to go off of, but this is a priority.”

“We never found Bergdahl on that deployment, and as of the summer of 2012 he was still a prisoner. But in my gut, I think he was there at some point. We probably missed him by a few hours, or maybe in the fight they were able to escape.”

The Pentagon on Tuesday said the book contains classified information, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations.