State Department Can’t Deny If Ransom Payments Were Discussed for Bergdahl

Curtis Kalin
By Curtis Kalin | June 5, 2014 | 10:11 AM EDT

In the midst of a flurry of criticism over the release of five top Taliban commanders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the State Department cannot deny that “cash options” were considered along with the Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The fact that the Obama Administration negotiated this release with the Haqqani Network (through the government of Qatar), which the United States designates as a terrorist organization, drew the ire of many Americans. But, the revelation that ransom payments may have been discussed along with the possible release of another Gitmo terrorist will surely increase the negative outlook on the White House’s anti-terrorism strategy.