- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2014

The father of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl tweeted a headline Sunday night, appearing to support the release of five Tunisian prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

“Ten years in Guantánamo: Tunisian families hope for loved ones’ release - video,” wrote Robert Bergdahl, who just hours earlier gave a press conference alongside his wife to thank the U.S. for his son’s return.

Five Taliban detainees were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for 28-year-old Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by Afghan insurgents nearly five years ago. The decision was made without congressional approval and has sparked wide criticism regarding the freed prisoners and their potential threat to American security.

Sgt. Bergdahl’s father also reportedly deleted a tweet from Wednesday that read: “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen [sic]!”

A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Sgt. Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him at the time, a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter told the Associated Press.