Saturday, November 10, 2012

Seven Navy SEALs disciplined for revealing secrets while consulting on video game

Seven Navy SEALs have been disciplined for revealing secrets, but not in a book, as was done earlier (for No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden), but rather for a video game.

Revelations over the leaked secrets emerged on Thursday. For two days earlier this year, the seven of them worked as paid consultants on a recently released video game, "Medal of Honor: Warfighter."

"Medal of Honor: Warfighter" was released on Oct. 23, 2012 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The game is published by Electronic Arts.

Not only were these Navy SEALs, but they were members of SEAL Team Six, which was the team which ended up killing Osama bin Laden. One of them, in fact, was on that raid. All are still on active duty.

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While the game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, it does have realistic missions, including an attack on a Somalian pirates' dena. EA, has in the past bragged that actual commandos, both retired and active duty, assist in making its games as realistic as possible.

According to the report, while serving as consultants for the game, the SEAL Team Six members used classified material which had been given to them by the Navy. However, it is unclear exactly what secrets members were exposed.

The seven SEAL Team members have been punished already. All have received letters of reprimand which will reported limit - or even kill - their chances for promotion. They also had half of their pay docked for two months.

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