(CN) - Keeping Congress in the dark about the plan to exchange five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner of war, was illegal, the Government Accountability Office found Thursday.
Bergdahl is a U.S. soldier who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan from June 2009 to May 2014 when he was freed in a prisoner exchange.
Though the Department of Defense used $988,400 of Army appropriations funds to make the transfer, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 specifically forbids the use of appropriations funds to transfer a Guantanamo detainee to a foreign county, except in accordance with the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.
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