Analysis: Secret talks behind Bergdahl's release had far more than prisoner exchange in mind

  • by: KATHY GANNON , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 4, 2014 - 4:20 PM

The announcement that the U.S. government had secured the release of missing U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the four-year history of secret dialogue that led to Saturday's release suggests that the main goal of each side may have been far more sweeping.

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