Bowe Bergdahl. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Bowe Bergdahl. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

An Oscar-winning screenwriter is suing the U.S. government to try to keep his taped interviews with accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl from falling into the hands of military prosecutors, court papers filed in Los Angeles show.

Mark Boal. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Attorneys for Mark Boal are seeking to block a threatened subpoena for 25 hours of unedited audio recordings of the screenwriter’s discussions with Bergdahl.

Boal, screenwriter of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” is planning to make a documentary about the U.S. Army sergeant who spent five years as a prisoner of war of the Taliban until his release in May 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Bergdahl is facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

Lawyers for Boal argue that the recordings are covered by a journalist’s right to maintain the confidentiality of sources and other information.

A subpoena from prosecutors for the material “would invade Boal’s right to gather and publish newsworthy material,” according to the complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court.

Bergdahl’s trial is scheduled to begin in February at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In May 2015, Boal and reporters at the “Serial” podcast co-produced a 10-hour podcast on the case that included excerpts from the tapes.

— City News Service

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