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After the news conference, officials said they did not know if Bergdahl has spoken with his family. The Idaho native was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and released by the Taliban on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl's condition out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight and amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release. Bergdahl is working daily with health professionals to regain a sense of normalcy and move forward with his life, military officials said. Officials said there is no timeline for the final step in Bergdahl's reintegration process. "We will proceed at his pace," Poppen said. Military officials declined to give details on what Bergdahl might remember about his capture or what he knows about the controversy surrounding his release. Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl.