Alarming Bergdahl videos led to prisoner swap

June 4, 2014 4:04 PM

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Alarming Bergdahl videos led to prisoner swap

Secret videos viewed by U.S. military and intelligence officials were enough to win their support for the prisoner swap that resulted in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a senior defense official said Wednesday.

Bergdahl's declining health, which was determined in part by the videos, was one of the drivers in the deal that freed five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, the official told USA TODAY. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

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