SEAL Team Six members disciplined for sharing secrets with EA

By on November 9, 2012, 11:30 AM

A group of US Navy SEALs have reportedly been disciplined for revealing secret practices to Electronic Arts earlier this year. At least seven SEAL Team Six members, the elite special forces group that carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year, are believed to have worked as paid consultants for the video game publisher over the course of two days this past spring and summer, CBS News has learned. Four other members that have since left the unit are also under investigation.

The soldiers were said to have given insight into their work for Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The game does not reenact the bin Laden raid but there are some realistic mission portrayals, like an attack on Somali pirates.

The report says the SEALs used classified information that may have been given to them by the Navy and they voluntarily violated the understanding that SEALs are silent warriors that shy away from the public spotlight.

Ironically, the public spotlight is exactly where SEAL Team Six found itself shortly after news of the raid broke. Hollywood is preparing two movies about the commandos, one detailing the rescue of the captain of a container ship that had been kidnapped by Somali pirates and another centered on the bin Laden raid.

As we understand it, the seven members have all been reprimanded by the Navy. Each lost half of their pay for two months and received letters which will effectively eliminate their chances for a promotion.




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1 person liked this | Guest said:

Yes, lets dock their pay to further discourage them to try and get more money elsewhere.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

To add injury to insult, the game is getting horrible reviews:

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Guest said:

People used to be shot for this man is this country going down the tubes quick

2 people like this | Mark Darius Mark Darius said:

Just not enough "Hollywood" I guess. Time was though these guys were protected from the media jackals and they weren't thrown to the political wolves anytime someone wanted a piece of them.

This sense that the military and the elites in the military are somehow the last vestige of validity is only going to get us in worse trouble. SEALs and other special operators are human beings like anyone else. They're certainly successful. But they're specialists. We don't expect heart surgeons to be expert basketball players.

We shouldn't expect special forces to be media savvy either. These guys shouldn't have crossed the line from quiet professionalism.

But the military has to take at least some measures to protect them. And they have to stop being used as political footballs and targets of financial opportunism.

Someone wants to fantasize they're warfighters, that's great. But war is not a game and special operators are not ball players. When they lose, when they gain risk, there are more than points at stake. People may die.

The ****** in these companies pushing money at these guys had better figure out whether the country or their bottom line comes first.

1 person liked this | Zeromus said:

Yes, lets dock their pay to further discourage them to try and get more money elsewhere.

My thoughts exactly XD

Guest said:

"People used to be shot for this man is this country going down the tubes quick"

Yes, let's shoot the people that killed Osama for us. Sounds like a great way to repay them for taking out the most wanted person of the U.S. Maybe next time, the SEALS will reconsider doing so again if it had to happen.... DOH!

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

People used to be shot for this man is this country going down the tubes quick

Yup! I remember that clearly.

You boy on the playground said, "Mommy, that nice man over there. The one who's protecting my freedom? He let me see his uniform and some tools that he uses on his job. It was cool!"

Then, not more than 10 minutes later, the Navy Seal was shot and killed for revealing those secrets to the young man. Happened all the time.

TJGeezer said:

People used to be shot for this man is this country going down the tubes quick

Shot for consulting on military realism for digital game vendors? On what planet?

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

People used to be shot for this man is this country going down the tubes quick

Shot for consulting on military realism for digital game vendors? On what planet?

The report says the SEALs used CLASSIFIED information that may have been given to them by the Navy and they voluntarily VIOLATED the understanding that SEALs ARE SILENT WARRIORS THAT SHY AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT.

If you still don't get it, god help us all.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Have you guys heard of Bradley Manning? He's the guy who leaked the military secrets to wikileaks. He's facing the death penalty. Will he get it, who knows.

But again... if you guys don't understand this, god help us all.

Actually no... be glad you don't get it. Living in the ivory tower that is America isolates us from the real evil in the world. And next time you see a vet, thank him/her that you have no idea what they protect us from.

Guest said:

Are they patriots serving their country & killing in the name of America, or are they mercenaries killing for a salary?....selling your "patriotic" stories for cash kinda blurs the lines.

Guest said:

In the meantime, al qaeda is investing in EA Games so that they can be trained by seal team 6.

seriously, the u.s. government should jail this EA team behind the game and their executives for actively soliciting state secrets for use in a military-themed game.

McNasty said:

Wait & the game was still trash?

Mark Darius Mark Darius said:

Have you guys heard of Bradley Manning? He's the guy who leaked the military secrets to wikileaks. He's facing the death penalty. Will he get it, who knows.

Manning wasn't looking to make a buck, he was trying to be a whistleblower and do the right thing. Debatable whether he was or not, and debatable as to how he went about it. But either way, he wasn't looking to cash in.

That said, pinning this all to post-service discretion and then just hoping real hard they don't fail is not what I'd call a retention of secrets "strategy."

Guest said:

"The report says the SEALs used CLASSIFIED information that may have been given to them by the Navy and they voluntarily VIOLATED the understanding that SEALs ARE SILENT WARRIORS THAT SHY AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT.

If you still don't get it, god help us all."

Do you remember 9/11 and all the people that died because of it? Remember that guy named Osama Bin Laden that caused it to happen? Yea, SEAL Team Six killed him for us. I don't think you know what "respect" means.

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