Idaho representative calls for prisoner exchange for captured soldier in Afghanistan

Idaho StatesmanApril 9, 2010 

The U.S. government should work out a prisoner trade with the terrorist group holding Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey hostage, Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, said Thursday.

In an appearance on Nate Shelman's afternoon show on 670 KBOI, Minnick said, "What the family and what I am hoping for is that we can work out some kind of a prisoner trade that down the road might release him but do it in a way that we get him back, but we aren't trading a thousand for one."

The Taliban released a video Wednesday in which Bergdahl pleaded for his freedom, saying that he wanted to return to his family in Hailey and that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison. At the end of the video, a speaker demanded the release of a limited number of prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl.

The video only inspires further efforts to find the man, the NATO command in Afghanistan said Thursday.

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