Bergdahl is believed to have been taken captive in Afghanistan in June 2009.

The newly-obtained video shows that Bergdahl was alive as of this past December.

From CNN:

The video, which has been described to CNN by [a U.S. military] official, shows Bergdahl in diminished health from the effects of close to five years in captivity.

The proof-of-life video has a reference to December 14, 2013. CNN has contacted Bergdahl’s family. The military says that it keeps the family aware of developments regarding his case.

Bergdahl is the only American soldier in captivity, and this the first video of him in three years. The previous one was sent in February 2011. Last year, Bergdahl’s family received a letter from him via the Red Cross. CNN has not seen the video, but its contents have been described to the network.

So far, Bowe’s father Robert hasn’t tweeted about the news, but the Bergdahl family has released a statement:

Here’s the full statement via NBC Nightly News:

“Today we learned that a new video of our son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, has been distributed by his captors.

“Naturally, this is very important to us and our resolve to continue our efforts to bring Bowe home as soon as possible.

“As we have done so many times over the past 4 and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father.

“BOWE – If see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!”

Though some questions about the Bergdahl situation do remain, we hope and pray that he is safe and that he will soon be reunited with his loving family.



Robert Bergdahl has shared CNN’s story: