Navy Seals punished for consulting on a video game

Controversy abounds concerning the media presence of former and current Navy Seals in the wake of the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. Until now, video games had largely (and perhaps surprisingly), dodged that media firestorm. No more.

CBS News reports that seven members of Seal Team Six have been formally reprimanded by the Navy for breaking their nondisclosure agreements with the government. Their transgression was consulting with Electronic Arts studio Danger Close on the critically-panned game Medal of Honor: Warfighter. While consulting, the Seals showed the development team special military equipment and did so without the permission of the Navy. Punishment includes a letter of reprimand, which often precludes further promotion, and a docking of pay for two months. Four other Seals are under investigation for similar offenses.

CNET reports that EA's official line is, "We do not know if the veterans who consulted on the game were in contact with the Department of Defense." Perhaps that is the best approach. When it comes to investigations by the DoD, the best policy may be: "Don't ask, don't tell."

CBS News via TechSpot, CNET

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