The former pastor of the parents of a US soldier released from Taliban captivity after nearly five years says they have been "really hurt" by claims that he was a traitor and the outpouring of anger towards their family.
Pastor Phil Proctor of Sterling Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Virginia, said Bob and Jani Bergdahl were surprised by interviews they had seen with former platoon mates of their son Bowe.
Proctor said the Bergdahls, who live in Idaho, have yet to speak to their son, who is currently recovering at a military hospital in Germany.
Hillary Clinton's new book has revealed that Barack Obama's government demanded the release of captured US soldier Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in every prisoner discussion it held with the Taliban.
The former US secretary of state also says in her book, Hard Choices, that she recommended President Obama end the decades-long US embargo on Cuba to force Fidel and Raul Castro into democratic change.
Celebrations due to be held in Idaho, the hometown of US army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, have been cancelled.
Bergdahl was released after five years in Taliban captivity amid controversy over the circumstances surrounding his capture.
US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said it was unfair to jump to conclusions about released captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl until the circumstances around his capture by the Taliban had been reviewed.
Mr Hagel said:" "We don't do that in the United States. We rely on facts.
"It's not my place as a former sergeant in the Army to decide who's worthy of being a sergeant and who isn't."
Sgt Bergdahl had been held in Afghanistan for five years but was released on Saturday amid speculation that he might face desertion charges.
Mr Hagel said the army would review all the circumstances surrounding how he left his unit and was captured by the Taliban.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told NBC News there was "no reason to doubt the authenticity" of the clip purporting to show US soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has spent five years in Taliban captivity, being handed back into US custody.
He said: "US officials are currently reviewing the video, but our focus right now is in getting Bergdahl the care he needs."
A video shot by the Taliban appears to show US soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has spent five years in Taliban captivity, being handed back into US custody.
The footage shows Bergdahl sitting in a silver pick-up truck before getting out of the vehicle with a plastic bag and being frisked before being taken away in a helicopter.
Armed men can be seen on the hillside above him as one of his escorts waves a white flag.
The US Army may still pursue an investigation that could lead to desertion or other charges against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed from five years of Taliban captivity in a prisoner exchange last weekend, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
Speaking publicly for the first time about the case, Gen Dempsey said he does not want to prejudge the outcome of any investigation or say anything that might influence a commander's decision.
But he said US military leaders "have been accused of looking away from misconduct, and it's premature" to assume they would do so in Sgt Bergdahl's case, despite the soldier's five years as a Taliban prisoner.
Hillary Clinton has defended the Obama administration's controversial decision to swap five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a US soldier held hostage in Afghanistan, saying many of America's allies made similar deals.
The former US secretary of state, said she did not second-guess people who made such tough decisions, but the American tradition of caring for its citizens and soldiers was a "noble" one.
"This young man, whatever the circumstances, was an American citizen - is an American citizen - was serving in our military. The idea that you really care for your own citizens and particularly those in uniform, I think is a very noble one," Clinton said.
She also noted that countries like Israel made similar swaps, citing its decision to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one of its soldiers in 2011.
It is surprising former prisoner of war Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has not spoken to his family, despite being freed on Saturday, a former Gulf War hostage told Good Morning Britain.
Retired RAF navigator John Nichol, who was captured in Iraq after his plane was shot down in 1991, said he found it "quite curious" Bergdahl had not been able to speak to his parents.
"That was the first thing that we wanted to do - and I was only a prisoner for several weeks not for five years."