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Bowe Bergdahl has declined to speak to his family after five years in captivity, according to a U.S. official familiar with matter, one sign of the difficult journey the 28-year-old soldier faces as he tries to reclaim a semblance of a normal life amid a raging debate over his capture and release.

Doctors treating Sgt. Bergdahl at a U.S. military hospital in Germany are moving slowly because of the controversy, which is complicating what would in any case be an arduous recovery. Sgt. Bergdahl has said that he was tortured during his captivity and thrown into a cage after a failed escape attempt, the U.S. official said.

Plans to celebrate Sgt. Bergdahl’s return were canceled because of threats made against his parents in Idaho, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Sgt. Bergdahl’s parents have declined to comment on the controversy over their son’s release.

Military officials have yet to ask Sgt. Bergdahl about his 2009 disappearance from his base in eastern Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban. Doing so could trigger legal questions about Sgt. Bergdahl’s actions that would compel the military to bring in legal experts to advise him about his rights, military officials said.

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