Fox News’ James Rosen is reporting Thursday that Bowe Bergdahl declared himself a “warrior for Islam” and declared jihad while in captivity, documents show.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.
The reports indicate that Bergdahl’s relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, “he became much more of an accepted fellow” than is popularly understood. He even reportedly was allowed to carry a gun at times.
The news was previewed on Fox News’ “The Five.”
Some are skeptical of Rosen’s sources, however, which include “a shadowy private firm” led by Duane R. Clarridge, “best known for having been indicted for lying to Congress about his role in the tangled set of events that became known as the Iran-Contra scandal,” Rosen concedes.
Update: Some more questions about the report.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.