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Long-Awaited Report Could Dictate Next Chapter For Bergdahl

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Last spring Bergdahl was brought home in a prisoner swap, and almost immediately there were questions about how exactly he became a Taliban captive in the first place. Accounts of his disappearance back in 2009 suggested he’d intentionally left his base in eastern Afghanistan.

The report now in the works will be the first that includes Bergdahl's own account of what happened. There’s been a lot of anticipation for it. The briefing of top Pentagon officials could be a signal they’re finally ready to release it — or at least publicly announce whether they’re going to be charging Bergdahl with anything.

Bergdahl’s attorney said he has no indication of what will be in the report. He wouldn't say how much outside contact Bergdahl has had but he did say that Bergdahl has been in touch with his family in Hailey, Idaho.

Bergdahl continues to do desk work at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places east of the Cascades.