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'Medal of Honor' video game lands Navy SEALs in trouble

navyseal050411_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Electronic Arts boasts that their video game "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" was written by U.S. Tier 1 Operators who had been deployed overseas. The Pentagon calls that dissemination of classified information.

As a result, they have disciplined seven members of SEAL Team 6, including a member of last year’s Osama bin Laden mission, for consulting on the game. The Chicago Tribune reports that the seven men were given letters of reprimand, one step below a court martial, and have to forfeit half of their pay for two months.

Officials said the SEALS did not look for permission to be part of the video game, and that they showed video designers unique, specially designed combat equipment.

Deputy commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli, said the force is held to high standards of accountability. He said, according to Fox News, "We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy.”

According to a Navy official, 11 active Navy SEALS were consultants on the game for two days earlier in the year. ABC News reports that four SEALS based on the West Coast are still under investigation.

CBS News reported that Navy SEALs are required to sign nondisclosure agreements when they enter the service and after they leave due to the highly sensitive information about tactics and techniques they possess about their missions.

A few months back, Pentagon officials said “No Easy Day,” a best-selling book about the killing of Osama bin Laden by SEAL Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, also contained classified information.

The “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” EA website says the game “delivers an aggressive, gritty and authentic experience that puts gamers in the boots of today’s most precise and disciplined warrior,” according to The Washington Post.

 

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