US Navy rebukes Warfighter consultants
November 12, 2012 // 8:10 a.m.
The US Navy has disciplined seven of its SEALs for acting as consultants on EA's Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
The seven SEALs, part of the infamous Team Six which performed the raid killing Osama Bin Laden, were officially rebuked for revealing classified information according to CBS News. One of the seven was actually on the Bin Laden raid.
'We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy,' deputy commander of naval special warfare command rear admiral Gary Bonelli told the Associated Press. '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.'
Those disciplined have received letters of reprimand that are placed on their personnel files and have had their pay halved for two months. The letters on their files essentially mean that any future promotion in the Navy is extremely unlikely and could force them out of Team Six altogether. A further four SEALs are also under investigation.
Despite Team Six becoming somewhat of a household name following the raid which killed Osama Bin Laden, Navy Seals ordinarily obey an unwritten rule of avoiding publicity and the public eye. However, the unit has recently been the subject of a TV film about the Bin Laden raid and will also feature in another film about Somali pirates.
Another member of Team Six has also written a book which gives his account of the Bin Laden raid and some of the details in the book differ from the official version of events.
EA's Medal of Honor: Warfighter was marketed as a game inspired by real soldiers, operations and places. It was released last month to mostly negative review scores and EA has admitted that the game has not sold as well as it had projected. The title still however managed to claim the top sales spot in the UK following its release.