Posted by Rachel Leigh - email
HAILEY, ID (AP) - We've just learned the identity of a U.S. soldier being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. But it turns out a tight-knit group of people in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, have known about his capture for the past couple of weeks.
Neighbors kept quiet out of respect for the family of Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, as well as fear that anything they might say could endanger him.
The 23-year-old Bergdahl was serving with a unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska, earlier this month when he vanished, just five months after arriving in Afghanistan.
Only after Saturday's Internet airing of a 28-minute video in which Bergdahl is shown captive and says he fears never going home again did the Pentagon finally release his name.
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, along with the state's congressional delegation, said Sunday he only learned of Bergdahl's captivity days earlier. But he opted to keep the soldier's name quiet until it was officially released.