Seven Navy SEALs punished for helping develop ‘Medal of Honor’ video game

By Daniel S Levine,

The military careers of seven Navy SEALs are likely over after they were reprimanded for helping consult for Electronic Arts’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter game.

CBS News first reported that all seven SEALs are members of Team 6 and one participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. They are all still on active duty. Four others, who are still under investigation, were transferred out of the elite group.

They worked with EA for two days during the spring and summer, consulting on the game that is promoted as being as realistic as possible. The bin Laden raid is not a part of the game, but extremely detailed missions include a raid on a Somali pirate den.

According to CNN, their work on the game was not authorized and they are charged with revealing secrets to the game’s developers.

They received their reprimand letters on Thursday and were also denied pay for two months. CNN notes that it effectively ends all chances for promotions and their careers.

Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, Deputy Commander of the Naval Special Warfare Center, released a statement to the media, stating, “We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as Sailors in the United States Navy. The non-judicial punishment decisions made today send a clear message throughout our Force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability.”

CBS News’ John Miller said Friday on CBS This Morning that the story is actually an “outgrowth of the Mark Owen story,” referring to the Team 6 member who wrote No Easy Day.

“As they were looking into his book deal, the money, whether he violated the non-disclosure agreements he signed,” Miller explained. “...What they ended up learning is that 11 Navy SEALs had been brought in allegedly by Owen into this deal with a video company for the production of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, a Navy SEALs-based video game.”

Owen is reportedly the pseudonym for Matt Bissonette, whose book details the raid on bin Laden.

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