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Hagel: Had to act quickly to free Bergdahl

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WASHINGTON - Some members of Congress aren't satisfied with the administration's justifications for the prisoner swap that led to freedom for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

At a House committee hearing today, Republican Buck McKeon of California said the agreement with the Taliban was "deeply troubling" and the result of "unprecedented negotiations with terrorists."

But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the panel that the administration had only engaged in "indirect negotiations."

Hagel also conceded that the administration could have done a better job of keeping Congress informed. But he says mediators had indicated that time was slipping away to get Bergdahl out safely. And he says the swap of five Taliban figures who'd been held at Guantanamo may have been the "last, best" chance to secure the release of the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan.

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