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New documents released in Bowe Bergdahl case

Posted at 9:55 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 00:12:43-04
We now know word for word what Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told military investigators about his disappearance in Afghanistan. 
 
A 371 page transcript of Bergdahl's interview with Major General Kenneth Dahl was released to the New York Times Wednesday by his attorney Eugene Fidell. 
 
In the newly released documents from the military investigation, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he left a post in Afghanistan in 2009 to draw attention to what he saw as leadership problems.  According to the transcript, Bergdahl saw his actions as a "self sacrifice" to draw attention to bad decisions by officers. 
 
Along with the transcript, they also released a July 2015 document showing that an Army Sanity Board Evaluation concluded that Bergdahl suffered from schizotypal personality disorder when he left the post. A Mayo Clinic website says people with the disorder have trouble interpreting social cues and can develop significant mistrust of others.
 
Although the transcript doesn't offer new findings about his disappearance from the remote base in June of 2009, it does offer a very descriptive narrative about what he was thinking before, during, and after he left the post. 
 
Bergdahl faces a general court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. 
 
To view the full transcript click here.