Navy SEALs Charged After Revealing Classified Information

Seven members of the US Navy seals have been disciplined for revealing secrets whilst consulting Danger Close on Medal Of Honor Warfighter. The soldiers have received reprimand letters which are sort of a black spot in the US Navy as they have been known to have prevented promotion in the Navy. In addition, the SEAL members have also had two months of pay docked.

One of the SEAL’s disciplined reportedly includes a member of the team that killed Osama Bin Laden on the 2nd of May 2011. Warfighter doesn’t recreate missions from the game directly but it won’t shy away from depicting raids almost as they happened. The soldiers disciplined include two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators.

The SEALs are charged with violations of orders, misuse of command gear, disclosure of classified material and dereliction of duty.

The soldiers are said to have worked with Danger Close for two days during the spring and summer during the games development cycle for Medal Of Honor. The use of inspired battle locations in Warfighter was one of the key selling points for Danger Close during the development of the game. The idea was to make the game as realistic as possible and to provide the player with a detailed understanding of what the life of a TIER 1 operator is like.

Though the soliders are accused of revealing secrets, it isn’t clear exactly what secrets had been divulged for Danger Close but the material used is apparently from the US Navy.

“We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy,” said Read Admiral Garry Bonelli, Deputy Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command. The disciplinary is meant to send “a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability”.

He added that the disciplinary action would “send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability”.

Because of active duty, four other SEALS are under investigation but they are no longer serving as part of SEAL Team 6.

As for Medal Of Honor Warfighter itself, it wasn’t great. Check out our review here.

Source: BBC News.

George Sinclair is an editor for Analog Addiction, the home of the latest news, reviews and previews. You can find George on Twitter and his blog on IGN. Be sure to follow the OFFICIAL Analog Addiction Twitter as well! 

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