The story of the escape of New York Times reporter David Rohde from his Taliban captors is “a tale out of a movie, and thankfully it has a happy ending,” New York magazine writes, “but it also raises as many questions as it answers.” Reporter Matthew Cole begins to fill in the blanks.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.