April 8th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

After video release, military slams 'means of propaganda'

A video purportedly showing a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan last June was posted Wednesday on a radical Web site, and it prompted a denunciation from the U.S. military.

Pfc. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, 23, disappeared from his combat outpost in southeastern Paktika province sometime after he finished his guard duty shift on the night of June 29.

"The continuing use of Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl as a means of propaganda is a deplorable act and only fuels our efforts to find him and bring him home," U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, said Thursday.

"The insurgents who hold Bowe are obviously using him as a means to ultimately cause pain to his family and friends. It continues to reflect the cruel tactics designed to deceive the Afghan people and the international community of their true intentions. We will continue our search for Bowe as well as our efforts to ensure the security of the Afghan people and our coalition partners," Smith said in a statement.

CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.

In the video posted on TheUnjustMedia.com, a bearded young man wearing Army fatigues is first seen attempting to prove his identity - providing his name, rank and address, naming friends and family, and detailing his job in the Army - before pleading for his release.

The man says the loss of U.S. and Afghan lives in the war on terror isn't justified and calls for an end to the fighting.

He then performs a series of exercises to show his physical fitness.

In the past, freed hostages have indicated their statements during captivity were forced and made against their will.

Lt. Col. Tim Marsano, a spokesman for the Bergdahl family, told CNN affiliate KIVI in Boise, Idaho, that the family has been informed about the existence of the video.

"The family is dealing with a very, very difficult situation about as well as anybody could possibly expect them to," Marsano said, adding they are grateful for the support of the community.

The Taliban has previously released two other videos of Bergdahl, the last one in December.

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  1. katiur

    интересный и перспективный сео блог о разном, где вы узнаете о заработке в интернет так же вы можете прочитать о конкурсе Продвижение неизбежно от вебэфектора, надемся вы будете впечатлены посещением этого блога

    July 2, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. A-stan deployed

    Daniel,

    Negotiate? Really? Enjoy your warm cup of coffee, and the koolade you are drinking. This soldier did the unthinkable, he wandered of his COP by himself in the middle of a warzone. Now he is being used for enemy purposes, and you think we can negotiate his release and a peace deal. You must work in the Nancy Pelosi machine to think that anything like that is possible with these people out here. Let it be known the taliban are "men" who will rape a woman then cut her head off because she just had "premarital sex". So from what I can gather as a person who attempts to "deal" with them everyday negotiations aren't exactly gonna happen.

    Just my two cents
    -V

    April 12, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. marc pinkowski

    as soon as this man put that uniform on everything changed...this is'nt his problem ..it's ours...and we need to solve it now...besides ...what if this was your kid there...now how do ya feel

    April 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Catie

    Daniel – You're mentally unstable. Enjoy your free life as this Soldier lives a life of isolation – you sit naive and happy because of sacrifices like this.

    April 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Iraq Paramedic

    Daniel, you are a democrat? Did I guess right? Oh well on to the article. I feel bad for the soldier & his family & his outfit. If troops would not wounder off or at least follow the battle buddy rule these kind of things would not happen. I hope & pray this young man is returned unharmed to his unit & family.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hadi

    I hope never war again,and i hope peace in the world

    April 9, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel

    What we need to do is,first negotiate a peace or at least a truce with the Taliban,second try to procure his release and try to end this horrific war at the chagrin of these right-wing fools who blog in here with all their war mongering!!!

    April 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |