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Chuck Hagel defends Bowe Bergdahl swap in testimony before House panel
Chuck Hagel defends Bowe Bergdahl swap in testimony before House panel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended the swapping of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, insisting that the exchange was the "last, best chance" to get him back and did not violate a long-standing U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Hagel, in the first testimony to Congress on the controversial swap, dismissed Republican complaints that Congress was not informed about the prisoner swap ahead of time, calling it an "extraordinary situation" that required secrecy until after Bergdahl was handed over in eastern Afghanistan last month. His appearance before the House Armed Services Committee came after a week of questioning by...

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