(Image source: Electronic Arts)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR BRICE SANDER


American video game developer Electronic Arts boasts that it consults real commandos to help make its shooters as realistic as possible. But the Pentagon has decided seven of those consultants, members of SEAL Team Six, gave too much away.

CBS News broke the story, reporting the seven SEALs, including one who participated in the bin Laden raid, have been reprimanded for consulting on the game Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

“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.”

A report from the Navy Times adds:

“An investigation found the SEALs were derelict in their duties by disclosing classified material and unauthorized use of official command gear...”

Classified information reportedly made it into the game, which launched last month.

And while CBS says consulting for a video game broke a silent code among commandos to stay out of the spotlight, The Verge points out their big mistake was not getting permission first. (Video via Electronic Arts)

“...the members of Team Six have taken part in a number of similar high-profile public engagements without any problem. For example, SEALs consulted on Act of Valor and two other upcoming Hollywood movies...”

All seven of the SEALs are still on active duty, and CBS adds the Pentagon is investigating four more former members who recently changed units.

SEAL Team Six Members Punished for Consulting on Video Game

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Nov 9, 2012

SEAL Team Six Members Punished for Consulting on Video Game

 

(Image source: Electronic Arts)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR BRICE SANDER


American video game developer Electronic Arts boasts that it consults real commandos to help make its shooters as realistic as possible. But the Pentagon has decided seven of those consultants, members of SEAL Team Six, gave too much away.

CBS News broke the story, reporting the seven SEALs, including one who participated in the bin Laden raid, have been reprimanded for consulting on the game Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

“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.”

A report from the Navy Times adds:

“An investigation found the SEALs were derelict in their duties by disclosing classified material and unauthorized use of official command gear...”

Classified information reportedly made it into the game, which launched last month.

And while CBS says consulting for a video game broke a silent code among commandos to stay out of the spotlight, The Verge points out their big mistake was not getting permission first. (Video via Electronic Arts)

“...the members of Team Six have taken part in a number of similar high-profile public engagements without any problem. For example, SEALs consulted on Act of Valor and two other upcoming Hollywood movies...”

All seven of the SEALs are still on active duty, and CBS adds the Pentagon is investigating four more former members who recently changed units.

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