[guest post by Dana]
Via The Corner, Jake Tapper interviewed yet another member of Bowe Bergdahl’s unit, former Army staff sergeant Justin Gereleve, who stated that he believes Bergdahl deserted his post.
I believe that he totally deserted, not only his fellow soldiers, but his leadership that wanted the best for him and wanted the best for our country. I took my job, being in the military, to the fullest — knowing one of my soldiers walked off was more heartbreaking than anything.”
He also validated fellow platoon mate Evan Buetaw’s claims that American troops intercepted calls that discovered Bergdahl was pursuing the Taliban, and that after Bergdahl’s disappearance, the Taliban’s attacks were more direct and “pinpoint” than they had been. “I can’t say for sure that the leakage was from Bergdahl, but my suspicion is that it did happen,” Gereleve said.
I can’t really say that I blame Bergdahl to the fullest extent, but if he wouldn’t have deserted us, these soldiers [who died searching for him] very well could have been at a different place at a different time, rather than the place at the time of their death,” he said.
–According to a list compiled by NRO, Gereleve is the eleventh member who served with Bergdahl to publicly assert that he deserted the squad.