HAILEY - The family of an Idaho man who is the only known current U.S. POW has released a statement following a report by CNN that a "proof of life" video of their son has surfaced.
CNN reports that the video shows Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey in "diminished health" from the effects of five years in captivity.
The video has a reference to Dec. 14, 2013, CNN reports, though CNN has not seen the video.
A senior defense official says the video came to light several days ago, but there were no other details, The Associated Press reported. The officials who spoke to the AP were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Taliban have said they would free him in exchange for several of their most senior operatives who are being detained at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the AP reported.
Idaho National Guard Col. Tim Marsano, the family's spokesman, said he would not confirm anything about the video to the Times-News but provided a written statement from the family:
“Today we learned that a new video of our son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, has been distributed by his captors.
“Naturally, this is very important to us and our resolve to continue our efforts to bring Bowe home as soon as possible.
“As we have done so many times over the past 4 and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father.
“BOWE - If (you) see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!”
Bowe Bergdahl, then 23, was taken captive by the Taliban in June 2009 and is believed to be held in Pakistan.
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