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.
More top news
More Border Force officers are needed to prevent people being smuggled into the UK, a former officer with the agency has told ITV News.
Norma Stokes will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading guilty to five counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The image was taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz and sees the Queen posing with her pet dogs.