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US Navy Seals disciplined for sharing confidential secrets with video game makers

November 10th, 2012 | by Seán J. Grannum
US Navy Seals disciplined for sharing confidential secrets with video game makers
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Seven US Navy Seals have been punished for leaking classified information during their paid roles as consultants for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

The commandos are all members of SEAL Team Six, which rose to prominence as team involved in Bin Laden’s killing, with one of the seven having been on that very raid. CBS News reports that each has had their pay halved for two months and received letters of reprimand, likely ruining their chances for promotion.

The information that leaked is not yet known but it allegedly came from the US Navy, with Rear Admiral Gary Bonelli, deputy commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command releasing a statement: “We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors. The non-judicial punishment decisions made today send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability.”

Warfighter, the 14th game in the once-popular Medal of Honor series, was produced by Electronic Arts, which used their interactions with both active-duty and retired commandos as a pillar to promote the game on. Warfighter has received mixed reviews nonetheless, with scores averaging around 5/10.