Pentagon Denies Ransom Paid For Bergdahl's Release Amid Review Of Hostage Policy | Fox News

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama ordered the review of recovery efforts over the summer given "the extraordinary nature of some of the hostage takings that we've seen this year." The review will not include the United States' longstanding policy of refusing to pay ransom, which stands in contrast to many other governments, Earnest said. Related Image Expand / Contract Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 28, disappeared from his post in Afghanistan's Paktika province on June 30, 2009. Two of Bergdahl's fellow soldiers told they're surprised they haven't been recently contacted by Army investigators regarding a new probe into his actions. (AP/US Army) "The president continues to believe as previous presidents have concluded that it's not in the best interest of American citizens to pay ransoms to any organization, let alone a terrorist organization," Earnest said. "And the reason for that is simple we don't want to put other American citizens at even greater risk when they're around the world." Earnest declined to provide an estimate for when the president expects the review to be completed. Related Image Expand / Contract U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Bob Bergdahl (R) and Jami Bergdahl (L) as he delivers a statement about the release of their son, prisoner of war U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington May 31, 2014.