U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl -- recently freed after being held by the Taliban for five years -- may still be disciplined if the army finds evidence of misconduct, according to the military's top officer, the France 24 website reports today (June 4, 2014).
General Martin Dempsey -- chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- was speaking after claims from members of Bergdahl's unit that he had been captured after abandoning his post.
A former military official familiar with the situation said Bergdahl intentionally slipped away from his base near the Afghan border with Pakistan, leaving a note saying he had become disillusioned with the army and the war, and was going "to start a new life."
"Our army's leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred," Gen. Dempsey said.