July 27th, 2010
09:12 PM ET

All out effort to find missing soldier, documents show

When U.S. Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was first discovered missing from his base in southeastern Afghanistan last summer, the commander of his unit quickly ordered "all operations will cease until missing soldier is found."

"All assets will be focused on the DUSTWUN (duty status - whereabouts unknown) situation and sustainment operations," according to one of the 90,000 secret military reports released this week by WikiLeaks.It was 4:30 a.m. on June 30, 2009 when Bergdahl was first reported missing. By 7 a.m., units started moving into "blocking positions to try and find missing U.S. soldier," the report said. At the same time, three different types of unmanned aerial vehicles and a U.S. army reconnaissance plane as well as other aircraft were brought in to search from above. A military dog handler was brought in as well to help find Bergdahl.

One of those aircraft picked up a radio conversation about an unindentified male who "indicates that an American soldier is talking and is looking for someone who speaks English. Indicates American soldier has camera."

The next day more radio traffic is picked up, according to the leaked report. "I swear that I have not heard anything yet. What happened. Is that true that they captured an American guy?" one man is heard saying. Another replies, "Yes, they did. He is alive."

Later, the report says an Afghan National Police commander working near where Berghdahl disappeared reported he received a "call from Taliban stating that they want to trade 15 Taliban for the American."

At least six local people were detained and questioned in connection to Bergdahl's disappearance.

Bergdahl has since been videotaped several times by the Taliban. His duty status has been changed to "missing-captured" and he's recently been promoted to specialist.


soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Former Marine

    Once again, a failed attempt to save your name. You sure you're not in politics, because when someone blatantly points out where you have failed to make a valid arguement, you backpedal, and accuse them of something that is obviously not true. In fact, you've seen most of my posts if not all, and there are others that have too, yet you believe I am part of this Nu Con (Whatever that is). You're a hate monger, plain and simple. You're no better than the extremists who want us to stay in Afghanistan and kill everyone off, you just root for for the opposite team. Well, say what you will, be we can all see how ignorant you really are now

    July 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dying_angle

    This might lead to mogadishu effect in which more drones will be more frequently used to prevent military personnel be exposed as high valu target. It might be worse that way. Can CNN tell us what is the biggest factor contributing taliban capture of US troops? Is it our negligence or Taliban being clever?

    July 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JesusNeedsABreak

    This is sad but a great american poet wrote: Don't wanna be a martyr in this war. Don't wanna hear the same excuses anymore, That everything's a threat and it's only gonna get worse if we let it. Freedom is seldom found by beating someone to the ground and telling them how everything is gonna be now. Now if the tables were turned tell me how you would feel, if somebody busted up into YOUR house telling you to stay still! While the leaders will deny defeat ...Innocents they testify by dying in the streets" Amos Lee's song FREEDOM, get it!

    July 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |