From CBS News, here:

The seven members of SEAL Team Six are all still on active duty. One of them was on the raid which killed Osama bin Laden and made SEAL Team Six a household name. For two days this spring and summer, they worked as paid consultants on a recently released video game, “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”

Four other members of the team who have since transferred out of the unit but are still on active duty are under investigation.

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.

Additional coverage from AP (via WaPo), here, which adds that “[e]ach of the seven received a punitive letter of reprimand and a partial forfeiture of pay for two months.”  According to the AP report, “[t]he two main complaints against the SEALs were that they did not seek the permission of their command to take part in the video project and that they showed the video designers some of their specially designed combat equipment unique to their unit, said a senior military official. The official was briefed about the case but was not authorized to speak publicly about it.”

11 Responses to ““SEAL Team 6” Members Disciplined for Leaks to Video Game Maker”

  1. John O'Connor says:

    Am I the only one who sees the irony that the SEALs were disciplined because they spoke about things they weren’t supposed to speak about, and we know this because the Washington Post was told about it by someone who was not authorized to speak about the matter?

  2. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    Welcome back JO’C, you’ve been missed.

  3. SueDB says:

    They got in trouble because they didn’t ask permission. In this case is is not easier to get forgiveness than permission.

    IMHO This incident heightens the visibility of SEALS selling secrets for money (they got paid for the video game…AFAIK they didn’t get command permission to even chat with the game maker).
    Our Pentagon is really tired of putting all that work into classifying documents only to have minions give away the house.

  4. Ex TC says:

    The game isn’t that good either…..

  5. Phil Cave says:

  6. SueDB says:

    According to Yahoo…(at least) one of the Seals involved in this escapade was on the team that went on the BinLaden Raid along with the author of “No Easy Day”.–abc-news-politics.html
    I wonder if they were paid well (30 pieces of silver (or silver certificates) for endangering their fellow Seals and making future missions that much more difficult to perform.

  7. Gene Fidell says:

    I can’t help but wonder what legal advice, if any, these SEALs had beforehand.

  8. SueDB says:

    Lawyers???? Lawyers????? We’re Seals, we don’t need no stik’in lawyers…
    Seals and Army SF…Every man is an army.

  9. Kevin Shea says:

    The Pentagon helps release 99% of the details of the Bin Laden raid within 24 hrs and nothing happens.  They just tarnished the careers of guys for talking with video game producers about stuff that a creative internet search could already tell you.  This could have been handled with NPLOCs.  This is why enlisted guys who actually do stuff that matters distrust officers and attorneys.  But hey, some JAG will get a bullet (or two) in his FitRep noting that he was “hand-selected” to investigate this “high-profile” matter.  Ridiculous. 

  10. Zachary Spilman says:

    I wonder if they were paid well (30 pieces of silver (or silver certificates) for endangering their fellow Seals and making future missions that much more difficult to perform.

    Indeed. The video games, movies, and books are what will make future missions more difficult. The world’s various intelligence agencies never miss a new Xbox game, Tom Clancy novel, or Mission Impossible sequel.

  11. SeaLawyer says:

    I understand they turned over to EA Games helmet cam footage from actual operations…  Ooops.