Considered the elite within the Navy SEALs, seven members of SEAL Team 6 were reprimanded Thursday after an investigation found they had disclosed classified materials to a video game maker without authorization.
According to the investigation, the SEALs, all senior enlisted personnel, were paid consultants for the video game company Electronic Arts (EA) on the game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”
The incident occurred over a two-day period in late spring, early summer, and at least one of the SEALs reprimanded had participated in the raid and killing of Osama Bin Laden last May, according to CBS News.
The Seals were found to have shown their official combat gear to EA, a company that prides itself on producing realistic games for its users.
According to CNN, the seven SEALs received a letter of reprimand, two months without pay and a promotion freeze, effectively ending their careers in the military.
Four additional SEALs who are still under investigation have been transferred from their Virginia-based unit.
"Naval Special Warfare takes all allegations of misconduct seriously. ... We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as Sailors in the United States Navy. 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,” said Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, Deputy Commander of the Naval Special Warfare Center in a statement given to Security Clearance.
This isn’t the first controversy surrounding the release of sensitive information by members of SEAL Team 6.
Earlier this year, former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonette, writing under the name Mark Owen, published the military memoir “No Easy Day,” recounting his participation in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Despite complaints about the book from Pentagon officials, no action has been taken toward Bissonette by the government.
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