May 9, 2012

It is appalling that the United States is releasing high-level detainees from a prison in Afghanistan, in a “strategic release” program [“U.S. frees high-level Afghan detainees,” front page, May 7], while the Taliban still holds a U.S. soldier as a prisoner of war.

Bowe R. Bergdahl, of the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, went missing in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and was declared missing-captured three days later. The Taliban has released videos showing him in captivity, which are available for anyone to view on the Internet. A private first class at the time of his capture, he has been promoted twice in absence and is now a sergeant.

What is being done to gain this forgotten soldier’s release?

Jack M. Sands, Waldorf