Navy Seals Disciplined for Giving Secrets to Video Game Maker

The members of Seal Team Six - known for their role in the killing of Osama bin Laden - allegedly gave classified information to video-game maker Electronic Arts, to make the company's war games more realistic.

When Osama bin Laden was killed, the name "Seal Team Six" became a household name.

But a shadow has fallen on the team's revered status when its members were disciplined for giving away Navy secrets to a leading maker of video games.

According to an online article CBS published Thursday, the seven members of Seal Team Six have been disciplined for giving away classified information to the video game company Electronic Arts (EA), in order to help make their war-themed games more realistic.

CBS reports that Seal Team Six was employed for two days this past spring and summer as paid consultants on the new game "Medal of Honor: Warfighter," recently released.

EA has a reputation for developing extremely realistic war games. In the company's marketing, it boasts that it hires real commandos, both active and retired, to help achieve such an effect. The seven members of Seal Team Six are are currently still on active duty, and CBS reports that four members that recently transferred out of the team are also under investigation for their roles with the video game maker.

Though "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" does not recreate the raid on and subsequent killing of Osama bin Laden, it does portray other realistic Seal missions, such as an attack on a pirates' den in Somalia.

CBS reports that the Seals are being disciplined for giving away classified information to the makers of the game, which had been entrusted to them by the U.S. Navy.

The Seals' careers are now reportedly in jeopardy. The seven members have so far all received official letters of reprimand, which effectively removes any chances of promotion, CBS reports. They also had half their pay revoked for two months.

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Sean Stark November 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM
You think that releasing classified info to a video game company for money is just a "bad decision"? You were obviously never in the military.
James X .007 November 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM
wait, wait a minute. This story is incomplete! Not all of the facts are presented! If they did, in fact, give away secret military information of the United States Navy, then they and all the way up to the Secretary of the Navy will be held accountable according to the UCMJ.
J Tingleberry November 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM
The difference beteen the movie and the video game is that the movie was made and released with the explicit help and approval of the White House, and released just before election day to score points for Obummer.
Mugatu November 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Hardly. The game is total garbage. If that's what being in the US military is like, we've got far more issues than the revealing of tactical secrets.
Dee November 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM
They need to be held accountable whether intensions were good or bad. Also, if the release of the movie scored points for "Obummer", guess what...it worked. 4 MORE YEARS. Get over it!
first November 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Johnny Finkle didn't get his share of the 3% spent on education. More to theget real point it is likely that the classified information was minor technical information revealed inadvertantly. Perhaps we should not have people with highly classified information being used for publicity purposes.
steve November 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
might have to play this game now
peter porter November 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Well it seems to me, the info given out was not so important, They only received a reduction in pay for 2 months and a letter of rep. they were not busted in rank or dc. So, they have received their punishment. I would think this was in an art. 15 hearing and not a CM. BTW, how did the game maker get the names of the seals for this anyway? I thaught it was all so hush hush. If any info was released by the Dept of Navy for any reason (movie) why are we not busting their chops and not the seals?
John November 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
brandon sistrunk November 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
They all good. They didn't do nothing wrong. They were just making some good money
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
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Andrea Mitch November 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
J tingleberry- awdont b mad Obama has yet another term!lol. Its a video game n to who said something bout their pay, do u kno wat seals get pd? More than EA can pay em. B for real,they screwed their careers
Quark Hadren November 11, 2012 at 01:44 PM
See the headlines today about Petraeus? He also has violated the conditions of his security clearance. The highest clearance granted in the nation. Think he'll get a fine? Nope. Petraeus is a political appointee. Politicians are our new 'nobility.' These guys are just 'commoners.' We've managed to go full circle. Our revolutionary fathers gave us a nation where all were equal under the law. We've failed their Great Experiment and are once again back to the point where we accept that the new nobility is above the law.
Vivian angeline November 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Yea stop judging u join the navy and see what happens to u etc and I bet u do anything for money to like I bet most of u lie and are on the system getting food stamps and what not u act like u wouldn't take money from anywhere!!! U also act like this is gonna impact u severely come on!!!!!
William burt November 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Smh Midas well been reduction in rank , a letter of repremend aint no joke . They will never see another rank and will eventually be let go . Very sad but the military should look deeper into this and raise the militarys pay . A person working 40 hours a week at McDonalds makes more than us and dont say we get free medical and dental until you have used that free medical because we are like experiments helping people learn their jobs for the real world . Very sad to hear about these men .
Tony damico November 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Being ex Navy myself I can say yes they made a mistake but trust me when I say without men like them slot of things that I caint say would be different and we all need to maintain high regard and respect for what those men have aconplished. No Cary on and leave them alone.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) November 11, 2012 at 02:21 PM
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charles keith November 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
you people are idiots half the problem is you were told it happened if noone would have said anything you morons wouldnt know the diffrence
Christina s. November 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
what it boils down to is information was given out that was not supposed to be. There are ways to help make the game what it is without giving out classified information. Did they make a mistake yes, but they knew they were doing wrong and still did it. They are being punished for it. Some may loose there careers, but they knew this and still did it for whatever reason. I still have the highest respect for the men and women of our military and all they have done and will do in the future. Thank you
matt November 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
These guys arnt stupid at all. These are men who fight the good fight. You think what they get paid from the navy supports them? They get paid crap. So they tried to make a lil money on the side. Big woop. And what kind of classified info? For all we know it was locations and layouts. Classified info from military could be the location of a trash barrel on a particular street. Just because the military classifies something doesn't make it a national secret. Classified documents are always being unclassified n released to the public. Cut these guys some slack. After all they did do this country a huuuuuuuge favor!
John November 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Get real. They wouldn't ever do anything to hurt this country. They don't get paid enough , so what getting some extra $ . Seals don't give out any pertinent info on SOP (standard operating procedures) an wouldn't do anything to put anyone in harm - USA / Brothers in arms. The Seals got a bum deal. Shouldn't judge till your in their boots. TKS
Karlos November 11, 2012 at 03:24 PM
@matt, exactly my point, just because it's classified doesn't mean it's a complete game changer for north korea. Give the men and women who fight for this country the respect they deserve. I'm positive anyone of us would sell the classified location of a trash can for one million dollars. Sure they shouldn't have said it, but I'm also sure that their judgement was valid in knowing the difference between what could be said or not.
casey November 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I don't believe the camel jockeys are spending their time on a ps3 or 360 that's mounted to a flat screen tv on their camels blowing ppl away on this game. Get real, since when has anything really been a secret, the government leaks important info all the time, this is no difference. As long as human s are entrusted with importants secrets , there will always be those that will leak that info. Human nature has always shown this , look threw our history ppl.
Garry November 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Well if you ever been a navy seal, You can guess what mission is to be protected by military secrets, When briefed , how ever the military always did like to take your money with an article.. of disciplined .. And maybe they aren,t as guilty as one might think ...I guess the goverment gave those seals a headache as well. and good news for those who play the game . If there is any reality to the game maybe those who play can enjoy it...War isnt a game is it??
Herbert bausenwein November 11, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I've never met a Navy Seal yet that has given out top secret information
Daryl Jones November 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I think its ridiculous...these men risk thier lives for a country that would punish them over a video game... That the sadness of the world..to many fingers being pointed at the wrong people... And for all you Obama haters...next time tell Romney not to pick a Vice President thats not 15 yrs old and knew something about politics..he might of had a chance.. God Bless Seal Team Six they did justice for a country thats injustice
janet h November 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
WOW!!! REALLY PEOPLE??? Get over it!!! Its not like they sold secrets to really jeopardize anyone or our countrys TRUE secrets!!! Its a GAME not a war they sold secrets to! Nobodys in any danger of being attacted by anyone because of a GAME! Yea they could have used better judgement but they didn't, GET OVER IT PEOPLE! They have done more for you than you'll EVER EVER realize, be THANKFUL we have they folks fighting for OUR FREEDOM!!! GOD BLESS ALL WHO HAVE SERVED FOR OUR RIGHTS TO A "FREE" WORLD!!!!!
Manuel Valero November 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
What if it's all a host just to get us to buy the game ..??
casey November 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Yeah people can shame these guys all they want but it comes down to, who's hinnie signed up to protect us, for those who have served , currently serving and planning on in the future. If u did , great I praise you all for do a job not many choose to do, and if some company sayes hey we wantto get ur perspective so that we can share ur experience with many proud ppl that in many ways looks up to you and ur fellow soldiers. So they have a little clearer imagine of what dangers these men and women put themselves thru so that we as Americans can enjoy our lives and only have to deal with drama that is caused in our own neck of the woods. These guys have earn a right full spot with sharing their experiences. If u think I'm wrong well, guess not all can be happy.
kristine horner November 12, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Wow its a messed up thing to know that we cant trust our own people with military secrets. What a shame


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