The statement would coincide with a time period during which there were US drone strikes in and around that region. The comments were made during an Idaho Republican Party fundraiser.
In a YouTube video Bergdahl posted in May 2011, Bergdahl spoke directly to his son’s captors.
"No family in the United States understands the detainee issue like ours," Bergdahl said. "Our son's safe return will only heighten public awareness of this. That said, our son is being exploited. It's past time for Bowe, and the others, to come home."