Seals in hot water for talking to Medal of Honor developers
Friday 9 Nov 2012 7:09 p.m.
The seven members of Seal Team Six are all still on active duty. One of them was on the raid which killed Osama bin Laden and made Seal Team Six a household name.
For two days this spring and summer they worked as paid consultants on a recently released videogame, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter.
The game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, but it does portray realistic missions such as an attack on a pirates' den in Somalia. It was produced by Electronic Arts which boasts that real commandos, both active duty and retired, help make its games as realistic as possible.
It is unclear what secrets members of Seal Team Six gave away. But while serving as consultants for the game they used classified material which had been given to them by the navy. They also violated the unwritten code that Seals are silent warriors who shun the spotlight.
Seal Team Six will be featured in two upcoming movies – one about the rescue of the captain of a container ship kidnapped by Somali pirates, the other about the bin Laden raid. The Seals have gone Hollywood, but it could cost those who worked on the videogame their careers.
The seven who have been punished so far all received letters of reprimand which would kill their chances for promotion. They also had half their pay taken away for two months.
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