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New Details of Bergdahl Capture, Reaction to Release

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A senior U.S. official says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl tells military officials that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape.
 
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to discuss what Bergdahl is saying while being treated at a U.S. military medical facility in Germany.
 
The official says it is difficult to verify the accounts Bergdahl is providing about conditions of his captivity in the hands of the Taliban. He was released a week ago after nearly five years in captivity.
 
The New York Times reports Sunday that Bergdahl is not yet emotionally prepared to return to his family.
 
His release in exchange for five Taliban militants from Guantanamo Bay has ignited a political firestorm.
 
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is defending the release of five Taliban militants from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
 
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Kerry says the militants may eventually end up on the battlefield but also could get killed doing that.
 
Kerry says he's confident the Gulf state of Qatar will keep a close eye on them for at least a year. And he says the swap was necessary, because: "It would have been offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave an American behind."
 
Sen. John McCain says he agrees with Kerry that the U.S. should do all it can to win the release of any American being held. But the Arizona Republican tells CNN such a swap should not be made "at the expense of the lives or well-being of their fellow servicemen and women."
 
McCain, who was held prisoner during the Vietnam War, says: "when we join the military, we know we take certain risks, and among those risks are wounding, death, imprisonment."
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