WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. defense official says released captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to arrive at a military medical center in Texas on Friday.
The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been recuperating at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since June 1. He was deployed in eastern Afghanistan when he disappeared in June 2009.
Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress that Qatar officials negotiating the release of captured
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
told the U.S. that "time was not on our side" and a leak about the exchange would end the deal.
Hagel says the decision to transfer five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees into Qatar's hands in exchange for Bergdahl was a tough call for President Barack Obama. He says the five were "enemy belligerents" but had not been implicated in any attacks against the U.S.
He says Qatar has committed to adequate security measures that led him to decide the risks of the transfer were substantially mitigated.
Hagel is testifying before the House Armed Services Committee. Members of Congress from both parties have blasted the administration for not giving lawmakers advance notice of the detainee transfer.