Senate Intelligence Chair: No 'Credible Threat' To Bergdahl's Life From Taliban

June 6, 2014 - 3:53 PM

One of the reasons the Obama White House moved so quickly on the deal that led to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was the threat the Taliban would kill him if the agreement was leaked.  Yet, Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), said she couldn't find any evidence indicating there was a "credible threat" in this regard (via Politico):

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said she has not seen any evidence that the Taliban would have killed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if details of an agreement had leaked, contrary to what Obama administration officials have said.

When asked whether there was a "credible threat" on Bergdahl's life if word had gotten out, the California Democrat responded: "No, I don't think there was a credible threat, but I don't know. I have no information that there was."

Sen. Feinstein has accused Obama, along with several others, of violating the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which stipulates that the president inform Congress of a prisoner transfer 30 days prior to an exchange.