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Hagel defends GI-Taliban swap

Prisoner trades part of ‘dirty business’ of war, lawmakers told

Posted: June 12, 2014 at 5:17 a.m.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies Wednesday to a House committee, saying the exchange that freed a captive soldier was part of the “imperfect realities we all deal with in war.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended the prisoner exchange that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after years of captivity with the Taliban, telling lawmakers that the operation needed to be kept secret from Congress to ensure that the soldier was not killed by his captors in the days leading up to the swap.

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