Idaho lawmakers briefed on kidnapped U.S. soldier

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo (R) and Jim Risch (R) are being updated about Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier kidnapped in Afghanistan earlier this month, spokesmen for the senators said on Monday.

The Taliban released an Internet video this weekend showing Bergdahl, a 23-year-old native of Ketchum, Idaho, speaking of his capture.

Staffers for both senators declined to provide details about conversations with the family or armed forces representatives.

A Crapo spokesman said Crapo’s office is working with the military on an “information sharing” basis and has been in contact with the family. He declined to comment further, noting that Bergdahl’s family asked for public statements to be kept to a minimum.

The office of Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who represents Ketchum, did not comment for this article.