(CNN) – Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was physically abused during his five years in Taliban captivity.
After an escape attempt he was held at some point in a very small enclosed space described as a cage or box a senior U.S. official tells CNN.
One indicator of an injury: a still unseen video of Bergdahl made last December included scenes where he is cradling his arm.
Bergdahl is also suffering from psychological traumas the official tells CNN.
Bergdahls captivity conditions changed over time as the Taliban loosened or tightened security around him. They also moved him frequently to avoid detection by the U.S.
The top U.S. military commander in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, told Christiane Amanpour that Bergdahl is not being formally questioned.
Gen. Breedlove said, “I wouldn’t say he’s actually being debriefed yet. What we’re concentrating on right now is his health. He has been in a very tough place for a long time.”
With the army opening a new review into what happened, the pentagon is getting more cautious in its public statements.
“We really have to get a chance to talk to Sergeant Bergdahl before we can, you know, start to prejudge or speculate about what, the specifics of his captivity was like,” said Rear Admiral John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary.
Since the Vietnam War POW’s returned, the military has run a program to evaluate the mental and physical effects of captivity on military personnel and found generally good news.
According to Jeffrey Moore, PH.D of Mitchell Center for POW studies, “They need to realize that there is life after being a POW; that most people bounce back. That bouncing back is largely a choice.”
The helicopter run to get Bergdahl was all done on one hour notice. A U.S. military source tells CNN even until the last minute, the commandos were still trying to find the exact location and had a plan in place to grab Bergdahl and start firing if it all started to go wrong.