The release of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban prisoners has triggered renewed speculation and acrimony over the US army sergeant’s disappearance from his base in Afghanistan five years ago, with some former comrades branding him a deserter. Several members of his unit expressed dismay on Monday that a man they considered a turncoat would be hailed as a hero instead of being punished for allegedly abandoning his post and indirectly causing the death of other soldiers. “I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now, with everything going on,” former Sergeant Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl’s platoon, told CNN. “Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.” The backlash also went online with the launch of several Facebook groups and a petition demanding Bergdahl face the military justice system upon his return to the US. Read the rest here.