Hagel: ‘I Don’t Know’ if We’ve Swapped with the Taliban Before

by Andrew Johnson

​Secretary of defense Chuck Hagel isn’t sure if the exchange with the Taliban for American Bowe Bergdahl is the first time the United States has done a swap with the militant group. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Hagel couldn’t say whether this was the first such trade.

“Have we made other trades with the Taliban?” chairman Buck McKeon (R., Calif.) asked Hagel, following Hagel’s clarification that the Bergdahl trade was not for a hostage, but for a prisoner of war.

“With the Taliban? I don’t know, I don’t think so,” he responded, looking to others.