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Bergdahl Still being Treated in Germany, says He was Tortured by Taliban Captors

Updated: 06/08/2014 5:54 PM
Created: 06/08/2014 1:30 PM KSTP.com

A Pentagon psychologist says returned captives typically take anywhere from five days to three weeks to go through the process of reintegration in which Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl now finds himself.

A senior U.S. official says Bergdahl has told people treating him at a U.S. military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage after he tried to escape from his Taliban captors in Afghanistan.

The New York Times reports that doctors say Bergdahl is physically able to travel but not emotionally prepared to be reunited with his family and has not yet spoken to them.

Once Bergdahl is considered ready, he is expected to be flown to an Army medical center in San Antonio, where it is believed he will be reunited with his family.

Bergdahl was returned to the U.S. military a week ago in exchange for the release of five Taliban militants from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The deal has ignited a political firestorm and the FBI says authorities are investigating threats made against Bergdahl's family.

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