Freed soldier's family get death threats
Radio New Zealand
June 8, 2014 6:08 pm
The FBI is investigating threats against the family of Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier involved in a controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban.
Sergeant Bergdahl was captured five years ago in Afghanistan and released last week in return for the US freeing five militants from Guantanamo Bay.
The first of the four death threats was sent to Bob Bergdahl – Sgt Bergdahl’s father – at his home near Hailey, Idaho, the town’s police chief Jeff Gunter told Reuters.
He said that Mr Bergdahl received the first threat on Wednesday, the same day as a rally in Hailey celebrating Sgt Bergdahl’s release was cancelled amid controversy over the circumstances of his release.
US opinion is divided as to whether he is a hero or a soldier who endangered his comrades by deserting his post. Police said Sgt Bergdahl’s family and friends, and even officials and businesses in his home town, have been subjected to angry calls and emails.