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Navy SEALs Disciplined For Role In Videogame

Posted: November 8, 2012

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The seven SEALs are charged with releasing classified information while working as consultants on Medal of Honor: Warfighter. One of them was involved in the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. All have received letters of reprimand and the loss of pay for two months.

Seven members of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 have been punished for their role they played in the creation of the videogame Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

NPR's Tom Bowman reported on the charges Thursday for our Newscast Unit. Here's what he said:

"We were told that seven Navy SEAL Team 6 members from the East coast have received what's called nonjudicial punishment. It means that they've received letters of reprimand and also loss of pay for two months for taking part in the creation of a videogame called Medal of Honor: Warfighter. And the charges are that they released classified information."

CBS News reports that one of the SEALs was involved in the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. All seven are on active duty.

Here's more from CBS:

"The game does not recreate the bin Laden raid, but it does portray realistic missions, such as an attack on a pirates' den in Somalia. It was produced by Electronic Arts, which boasts that real commandos, both active duty and retired, help make its games as realistic as possible.

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. They also violated the unwritten code that SEALs are silent warriors who shun the spotlight."

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