Seven members of the US Navy SEALs elite military force have been disciplined for sharing classified information while serving as consultants to Electronic Arts during development of Medal Of Honor: Warfighter.
CBS reports that the seven soldiers, who are all on active duty and one of whom was in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound in 2011, worked as consultants on the game during spring and summer.
The specifics of what was given away aren’t known, though CBS claims that classified information was divulged. Given that many of Warfighter’s campaign missions open with the words “inspired by real-life events”, though, and the game’s final mission involves breaking into a heavily guarded compound to take down a fundamentalist figurehead known as The Cleric, we’re guessing they said more than they should have.
The SEALs were also apparently in breach of an unwritten code that the unit stays in the shadows and resolutely out of the spotlight. That seems a little odd, though, given that eight SEALs have roles in Act Of Valor, the military recruitment drive masquerading as a videogame in Hollywood clothing that raised Nathan Ditum’s ire in a column here on Edge a few months back.
CBS reports that all seven have received letters of reprimand “which would kill their chances for promotion” and have been docked half their pay for two months. Was it worth it? Judging by our Medal Of Honor: Warfighter review, probably not.